After Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery, the narrator in Genesis remarks, “The Lord was with Joseph, and he became a successful man, serving in the household of his Egyptian master” (Gen 39:2, HCSB). A few paragraphs later, right after Joseph is imprisoned because of false accusations against him, the narrative reads, “But the Lord was with Joseph and extended kindness to him. He granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden” (39:21).
What if we could read our own lives in narrative form? How many times would the same consolations appear?
Jessica’s recent break up drove her to tears every night for a week. But the Lord was with Jessica, and he extended his kindness toward her.
Matthew bent under the burden he felt for his dear friend enslaved by drugs, and he felt hopeless to save him. But the Lord was with Matthew, and he extended his kindness toward him.
Sandra felt like her mind was malfunctioning when her anxiety reached an entirely new and scary level she had never experienced before. But the Lord was with Sandra, and he extended his kindness toward her.