Genesis 39:1-6: Taken to Egypt.

“Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. Potiphar, an Egyptian who was one of Pharaoh’s officials, the captain of the guard, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him there. The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did, Joseph found favour in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned. From the time he put him in charge of his household and of all that he owned, the Lord blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph. The blessing of the Lord was on everything Potiphar had, both in the house and in the field. So Potiphar left everything he had in Joseph’s care; with Joseph in charge, he did not concern himself with anything except the food he ate. Now Joseph was well-built and handsome,” NIV

‘’Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt…’’ (1).

It was not by his own choice that he was there. He was forced to go. Furthermore, it was a downward step. His dreams had told him of a great destiny awaiting; they had spoken of upward mobility. But he found himself in a downward spiral. Socially he fell so far as to become a house slave. The princely robe was now way behind him. It had had been ripped from his shoulders. Now he was lost in a foreign land, and who would ever find him? Who could know he was there?

But although it was not his choice to be in Egypt, he served with such diligence, under the blessing of God, that he flourished. He was blessed, and He was a blessing.

You may find yourself today in a place (geographically or circumstantially) you have not chosen. Maybe, too, there is no obvious indication that you can or should move. What should you do? Sit on your hands and wait it out? No, what better place to serve than where you find yourself right now?

One day, the Lord may move you on. But don’t waste time waiting for a day in the future (a day that might never come). Use the opportunities to serve right now, right where you are.

Alistair Begg says, ‘The best place to serve the Lord is wherever He sets you down.’

PRAYER: Lord, help me please to joyfully, lovingly and faithfully serve you wherever you take me. It is a privilege to serve you anywhere. Enable me to see that and believe it.