“And Joseph’s master took him, and put him into the prison—the Lord was with him, and that which he did, the Lord made it to prosper.” (Gen. 39:20,23).
Whatever your difficult circumstances are they might be likened to a prison of sorts– not the place we would normally associate with peace, joy, and prosperity. God, however, can change all that. Consider these words from an unknown writer:
When God lets us go to prison because we have been serving Him, and goes there with us, prison is about the most blessed place in the world that we could be in. Joseph seems to have known that. He did not sulk and grow discouraged and rebellious because .”everything was against him.” If he had, the prison-keeper would never have trusted him so. Joseph does not even seem to have pitied himself.
Let us remember that if self-pity is allowed to set in, that is the end of us — until it is cast utterly from us. Joseph just turned over everything in joyous trust to God, and so the keeper of the prison turned over everything to Joseph. Lord Jesus, when the prison doors close in on me, keep me trusting, and keep my joy full and abounding. Prosper Thy work through me in prison: even there, make me free indeed.