“Joseph…saw that they were sad.” Ge 40:6 NKJV
Sometimes you can tell by the look on someone’s face, what they are going through. “Joseph…looked at them, and saw that they were sad.” Even though he himself was unjustly imprisoned, he found fulfillment in helping two other prisoners. Would it have been easier just to focus on his own problems? Yes, but it’s self-defeating. Henry Drummond wrote, “As you look back on your life, the moments that stand out are always the ones when you did things for others.” Joseph realized he wasn’t the only one hurting, so he did what Jesus always did—treated those around him with compassion. How about you? Do you take time to try and understand what people are going through? Are you self-absorbed, or concerned about others who are hurting, especially when you’ve nothing to gain by it? Encouragement is like a shot of adrenaline, it can lift a person and put them back on their feet again. Writer René Bazin says, “A remedy for the evils of our time…is the gift of yourself to those who’ve fallen so low that even hope fails them.” Will those you give to, always give back? No, but God will. When the royal butler was released from prison he forgot the promise he made to speak to Pharaoh on Joseph’s behalf. But God didn’t forget! Joseph’s best days were ahead. Think of his rise in Egypt, his service to a nation, his impact as a leader, and the joy of reconciling with his family. He bottom-lines it: “God turned into good what [others] meant for evil” (Ge 50:20 TLB). So, start “seeing” the needs of those around you.
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