His home life was awful. His father, Jacob, was a schemer. He had four moms. His brothers hated him so much that they sold him into slavery.
He was mistreated as a slave. He was unjustly accused of immorality. He was cast into prison. He had no air conditioning. He had little earthly freedom. He believably had no showers or soft bed. He believably had no substantial wardrobe. No career opportunities. No hobbies. No mail access. No vacations. No compassion from anyone. No health care. No earthly hope.
But this was how God prepared him for a great ministry. There is no mention of his self-esteem. There was no one to encourage him. But God was with him in his dark times.
Note: Genesis 39:2-3 And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the LORD was with him, and that the LORD made all that he did to prosper in his hand.
Genesis 39:21 But the LORD was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison.
And God was enough for Joseph because he had found very real hope in Him. Note that Joseph truly recognized the mighty hand of God in the midst of his hardships:
Genesis 45:4 And Joseph said unto his brethren, Come near to me, I pray you. And they came near. And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt. (JOSEPH ADDRESSED THE ISSUE) 5 Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me (CORRECT THINKING) before you to preserve life. 6 For these two years hath the famine been in the land: and yet there are five years, in the which there shall neither be earing nor harvest. 7 And God sent me (CORRECT THINKING) before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. 8 So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God (CORRECT THINKING): and he hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.
Joseph lived a life of forced self-denial and he got the victory over it. God never called believers to live in denial of reality. Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers and his life was difficult. But Joseph also lived in reality by knowing that God was in it all.
Joseph’s victory was in his faith that God was in control. That gave him hope and strength. Joseph’s thinking was correct for he knew that all the things that came upon him were from God! Joseph’s virtue is demonstrated; for he never sought revenge on his brothers, Potiphar’s wife, Potiphar or any other person who did him harm.
When we see God in life’s circumstances it changes everything. Do you have it hard in life? Think about Joseph. The very God that saw Joseph through years of terrible mistreatment is alive today and ever ready to guide and comfort those that seek His face.