Verse of the Day
But while Joseph was there in the prison, the Lord was with him… [Genesis 39:20-21 – NIV]
Everyone is familiar with the adage, “patience is a virtue.” By nature, we are an impatient lot, always wanting what we want right now. Instantaneous gratification is the name of the game nowadays. So there is absolutely no doubt that developing patience is a good thing; however, I think being content with your situation in life is far more important.
To my way of thinking, patient people still have an expectation that their desired outcome will happen at some point in the future. There is a stifled, subdued expectation, but an expectation nevertheless. On the other hand, content people are fully and completely satisfied with their life as it exists, regardless of the circumstances in which they find themselves.
Few people in the Bible suffered more than Joseph; he is perhaps the epitome of suffering. How ironic is it that we also find that despite his captivity in Egypt, he was content in every situation in which he found himself? Maybe this was ironic, but by no means was it an accident. That’s because, as today’s passage points out, God taught Joseph to be content. So, seek the Lord and His wisdom and maybe you too can find true contentment in your life no matter your circumstances.