Joseph grew up in a home that is similar to the homes of many people today. It was a blended family, and there were many problems. His brothers hated him, and wanted to kill him. But Joseph never used his difficult home life for an excuse of why he couldn't serve God, and neither should you.
It is easy for many people to turn to God when things get difficult. When we are in need, we realize how much we need Him. But when things are going well, we often get to feeling like we can live our lives on our own. Even when Joseph was successful he trusted in God, and so should we.
Temptations will be a constant part of our lives. We must prepare ourselves ahead of time if we are to successfully stand in the midst of temptation. When we sin, it is because we have chosen to give in to temptation. Rather than giving in to temptation, Joseph ran from it.
Hardship is a part of life. Even when we are trying to live right and do right, hard times will come. Joseph found himself falsely accused and thrown in prison, yet he never used hardship as an excuse to not serve the Lord and neither should we.
Disappointment is a difficult thing to deal with! We have all had people and situations let us down, and when that happens we each have a choice to make. We can either let that disappointment destroy us, or we can put our hope in God.
Faithfulness in our responsibilities shows character, and Joseph had great character. Whether he was working for Potiphar, helping the prison guard, or serving Pharoah, he did the work that he was supposed to do, and he did it well. Are you faithful to the responsibilities that God has entrusted you with?
Joseph could have held on to the hurt that his brothers caused him, and tried to get revenge on them when the opportunity arised, but he didn't do that. Joseph chose to forgive them. He realized that even though his brothers meant to do him harm, that God had a plan for what happened.