It can be easy to be interested in people and have an outward looking mind-set when things are going great for us.
How caring and interested are we in other people when we are going through times of difficulty?
Joseph showed care, compassion and interest to the butler and baker at the same time as he was a prisoner.
He saw they were sad and asked what the matter was, and he was genuinely interested and was not just asking to make conversation!
You could say but Joseph was in charge of the prison by then so life was not so hard, but he was still a prisoner and had his freedom stolen from him.
Joseph was a man who bred trust from others (see DIG yesterday) and a man genuinely interested in people.
He wanted to help others, even when times were hard.
Not only was he interested and caring, but he was genuine, and this would have built up trust from others.
All this came form an attitude of knowing the presence of the Lord and of living life out of relationship with Him.
All Joseph had was built on the fundamental truth that he knew God, listened to God and heard from God.
What a great lesson to take from the life of Joseph.
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the example of Joseph, thank you that we can learn from him and his life through study of your Word”.
Genesis 40 v 6 and 7…..And Joseph came in unto them in the morning, and looked upon them, and, behold, they were sad. And he asked Pharaoh’s officers that were with him in the ward of his lord’s house, saying, Wherefore look ye so sadly today?