God desires that his children prosper in all circumstances.
Joseph is sold into slavery by his brothers. I’m sure he was angry and bitter. He had once been the favorite child of wealth and means. Now he is a slave in a foreign land. The next time you think your job is bad, read the story of Joseph. Bot Joe didn’t allow his circumstances to prevent him from doing what we are all called to do – prosper. Yes, he prospered in slavery.
Joseph is falsely accused. Thrown in prison. Once again there was the temptation to feel sorry for himself, to be bitter and angry. He had every right to be. But once again, Joe transcended his circumstance and prospered. Yes, he prospered while falsely imprisoned.
God’s original intent for us is that we are fruitful and multiply. It’s in our DNA. We were made to prosper! Wherever you find yourself today, no matter what your circumstance, no matter how unfairly you may have been treated, prosper!
Now his master saw that the LORD was with him and how the LORD caused all that he did to prosper in his hand. So Joseph found favor in his sight and became his personal servant; and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he owned he put in his charge.
But the LORD was with Joseph and extended kindness to him, and gave him favor in the sight of the chief jailer. The chief jailer committed to Joseph’s charge all the prisoners who were in the jail; so that whatever was done there, he was responsible for it. The chief jailer did not supervise anything under Joseph’s charge because the LORD was with him; and whatever he did, the LORD made to prosper. (Genesis 39:3-4, 21-23 NASB)