The question remains, however, as to how someone
manages to survive, let alone thrive as he does. What
was it that set this boy apart from the rest of the
servants in Potipher’s household?
It all comes down to identity.
Despite having his whole life taken from him, Joseph’s
identity lay in his commitment to the Lord. A great
example of this comes when Potipher’s wife wants
to “lie with him.” She pursues him day after day but
Joseph recognizes that to act on this would be a “sin
against God.” In other words, Joseph is less concerned
with ruining his relationship with Potipher than he is
about how he would appear in the eyes of God.
Without question, everything that Joseph does in
this household stems from his belief that again ‘the
Lord was with [him]’. Even though his life exemplified
the term ‘hostile takeover’, Joseph was ultimately
committed to serve God wherever he was. No matter
what Potipher asked him to do, he did with a good
attitude. In fact, “the LORD blessed the household of
the Egyptian because of Joseph.”
Whether he was working as a slave or trapped in jail,
Joseph knew that his identity did not rely on where
he lived or the clothes he wore. He had found his true
self in the love of God. As a result, Joseph didn’t fall
apart when he was stripped of everything that he had.
Alone in the middle of nowhere, Joseph drew courage
and strength from the knowledge that he wasn’t
alone at all. Rooted in his faith, Joseph was able to
come alive in an environment where many would have
crumbled under the weight of their own hurt and fear.
Most importantly, however, he also found out who he