Psalms 105:19-22 (NLT)
19 Until the time came to fulfill his word, the LORD tested Joseph's character. 20 Then Pharaoh sent for him and set him free; the ruler of the nation opened his prison door. 21 Joseph was put in charge of all the king's household; he became ruler over all the king's possessions. 22 He could instruct the king's aides as he pleased and teach the king's advisers.
Joseph had been made a slave for life. No other position in life could be any lower or more devastating to a person. Yet Joseph’s character held. Eventually Joseph was freed from slavery and put in charge of the king’s men and all his possessions.
On the TV show Everyone Hates Chris, Chris Rock the comedian said, “If you want to be of good character, then you have to watch your reputation.” In Ecclesiastes King Solomon said, “A good reputation is more valuable than the most expensive perfume”. And the wisdom from Proverbs says, ‘Choose a good reputation over great riches, for being held in high esteem is better than having silver or gold’. Even God when choosing men to lead said, “Choose some men from each tribe who have wisdom, understanding, and a good reputation”. If Joseph had not been the friend he was to others in prison and if he had not been the model prisoner watching over others; it’s possible he would have been overlooked. His reputation stood out as noble and good even though he had been accused unjustly. Joseph was sold into slavery unfairly by his brothers. Definitely he was someone who deserved to be bitter and full of hate; yet his life showed his godly character. In a way Joseph was the foreshadowing of Christ. He was a man living by God’s’ word but living as the lowest of low. He was unjustly accused. And yet he came up from the prison, anew in life and was given rule over the kingdom and all its possessions. Has your faith been tested? James said, “For when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything”. Pray you may endure the tests and trials which come at you. Pray God would strengthen you in everyway. Pray for a good reputation that your character may be known in a good and holy way.