Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | April 19, 2022

“The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.”

Today’s devotion comes from Genesis 39:6b-23.

“Now Joseph was handsome in form and appearance.  It came about after these events that his master’s wife looked with desire at Joseph, and she said, “Lie with me.”  But he refused and said to his master’s wife, “Behold, with me here, my master does not concern himself with anything in the house, and he has put all that he owns in my charge.  There is no one greater in this house than I, and he has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife.  How then could I do this great evil and sin against God?”  As she spoke to Joseph day after day, he did not listen to her to lie beside her or be with her.  Now it happened one day that he went into the house to do his work, and none of the men of the household was there inside.  She caught him by his garment, saying, “Lie with me!”  And he left his garment in her hand and fled, and went outside.  When she saw that he had left his garment in her hand and had fled outside, she called to the men of her household and said to them, “See, he has brought in a Hebrew to us to make sport of us;  he came in to me to lie with me, and I screamed.  When he heard that I raised my voice and screamed, he left his garment beside me and fled and went outside.”  So she left his garment beside her until his master came home.  Then she spoke to him with these words, “The Hebrew slave, whom you brought to us, came in to me to make sport of me;  and as I raised my voice and screamed, he left his garment beside me and fled outside.”  

Now when his master heard the words of his wife, which she spoke to him, saying, “This is what your slave did to me,” his anger burned.  So Joseph’s master took him and put him into the jail, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined;  and he was there in the jail.  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 39:6b-23.  


“The mind of man plans his way,
But the LORD directs his steps.” Proverbs 16:9.

We have our own agenda (of things that we think we need to do), and we also have our “bucket list” (of things that we think we want to do).

We can reasonably speculate that being in jail was neither on Joseph’s agenda nor his bucket list.  But, as we will see in the next two chapters, God had His own plan for Joseph to meet the Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, through Pharaoh’s chief cupbearer who was in same jail where Joseph was imprisoned.  

God also has His own plans for us.  We remember the three verses in yesterday’s devotion.

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”  Ephesians 2:10.

“for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”  Philippians 2:13.

“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 1:6.  

But, we need not fear. God was with Joseph even in jail, and God will be with us wherever we may go.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9.

“… for He Himself has said, “I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU,” so that we confidently say,

WHAT WILL MAN DO TO ME?” Hebrews 13:5-6.

In conclusion, God will accomplish all of His good pleasure for us.

“9 “Remember the former things long past,
For I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is no one like Me,
10 Declaring the end from the beginning,
And from ancient times things which have not been done,
Saying, ‘My purpose will be established,
And I will accomplish all My good pleasure
11 Calling a bird of prey from the east,
The man of My purpose from a far country.
Truly I have spoken; truly I will bring it to pass.
I have planned it, surely I will do it
.” Isaiah 46:9-11.


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