February 24 2016 – The most important thing of all.

Twice in Genesis 39 we’re told that Joseph had something and it was the most important thing of all. In verse 2 and verse 21 we’re told ” The Lord was with Joseph”. This single fact had everything to do with the remarkable direction his life took and the amazing way it unfolded.

Nothing matters more in life than having the Lord with us. We learn from Joseph’s life some of the good things it led to, in verses 2-6. He was successful (v 2), his life was a testimony and witness to God and it prospered ( v 3). He gained the attention, favour, and trust of those he served, so that more was entrusted to his care, increasing his influence ( v 4). It caused those around him to prosper  ( v 5).

A lot of good came from the fact “The Lord was with Joseph”, and what it led to in his life it will lead to in ours. There is nothing we should desire more and work harder to get. It’s the most important thing of all

What can we do so that the Lord is with us? Our other reading for today touches on that. Psalm 24 verse 3 asks a question which is then answered…

Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord?
Or who may stand in His holy place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol,
Nor sworn deceitfully.

Having clean hands, a pure heart, not lifting our soul to an idol or swearing deceitfully, these are some of the things that will ensure the Lord is with us.

We see these qualities in  Joseph, especially in the integrity with which he conducted himself in Potiphar’s house, particularly towards Potiphar’s wife ( vs. 7-9). He was clearly someone with clean hands, a pure heart, refusing to be influenced by a potential idol or to be deceitful.

The result ? The Lord was with him. Joseph had the most important thing of all.

Lets follow his example and pursue the most important thing of all.

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