Genesis 39:20-23 KJV “And Joseph’s master took him, and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison.  But the Lord was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison.  And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners that were in the prison; and whatsoever they did there, he was the doer of it.  The keeper of the prison looked not to any thing that was under his hand; because the Lord was with him, and that which he did, the Lord made it to prosper.”
When God is with you he shows you merciful kindness just like he did for Joseph. Notice that Joseph was put into prison. If you read his story you will find he was framed. Joseph was innocent. But God was with Joseph in the prison. Everything Joseph touched prospered while he was confined. So much so that he was made the head of all the prisoners.
Why did God show Joseph such kindness? Because of His love for Joseph and for His glory. And it’s interesting to note that Joseph was kind himself. He was a man of integrity, a man of moral excellence. This man was in prison because he would not sleep with his bosses wife! She lied and said he sexually assaulted her. When going through trials it is good to keep one’s integrity like Joseph. God will be with us in our darkest hour:
Isaiah 43:2 NIV “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.”
Kindness or gentleness is a fruit of God’s spirit. It’s who He is. Do we recognize the many kindnesses God shows us even in the midst of our problems? And do we constantly thank Him for His generosity? Or are we too consumed by our troubles? Every servant of God goes through many temptations. If these are not viewed the right way one may think God is unkind. We may not notice the many blessings that God gives us right in the midst of our trials.
James 1:2-4 KJV “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;  Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.  But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”
God says to count all of our temptations as joy because of what they are doing for us. We gain patience through trials, which is a neccessary ingredient to walk with God. The end result is perfection or spiritual maturity, spiritual completeness. God won’t leave us all alone just as He did not leave Joseph alone in prison. He sees what’s happening. He will come to our rescue and show us His great kindness. All wemust do is trust Him and patiently endure trials. Let us thank God always for His great kindness. 😊
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