But God was with him (Joseph) and rescued him from all his troubles. He gave Joseph wisdom and enabled him to gain the goodwill of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Acts 7:9

This chapter contains Stephen’s speech to the Sanhedrin and we hear Israel’s history from a Jewish Christian’s point of view. Stephen tells us four things about Joseph—God was with him, rescued him, gave him wisdom and enabled him to gain goodwill.

God was with Joseph. Likewise, Jesus’ desire was to be with his disciples. It was his first priority. “He appointed twelve that they might be with him …” (Mark 3:14). God wants to be in relationship with his people and has gone to extraordinary lengthen to make this possible.

God rescued Joseph. God rescues us from the bondage of sin. His desire is for our freedom. “Whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it … they will be blessed in what they do” (James 1:25).

God gave Joseph wisdom and God will give us wisdom if we ask. “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault” (James 1:5).

God enabled Joseph to gain goodwill and likewise, he will enable us to enjoy favour. “For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor” (Psalm 84:11).

Sometimes we think that God orchestrated Joseph’s life in a rare way and the historical events are unrepeatable, but nevertheless, everything God did for Joseph he will do for us if we allow him to lead and guide us. God wants to be with us, to rescue us from those things which seek to take us captive and to give us wisdom and favour.