Keep It Shut: What to Say, How to Say It, and When to Say Nothing at All by Karen Ehman, published by Zondervan, copyrighted in 2015 speaks about Joseph on p. 34.
“’Oh no – it’s all God. Not me. And He is really something!’ Joseph knew where credit was due. God gave the talent. God gave the ability. God arranged the circumstances so he could use his talent and his ability. And so it was God, and God alone, who should get any credit for the good things that resulted.”
I’m looking forward to continuing to read Karen Ehman’s book. She’s interesting and I like Joseph from the book of Genesis. God gave him tremendous talents. He got placed as manager over Potiphar’s belongings. In Genesis 39: 5, (KJV) it says, “And it came to pass from the time that he had made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that the LORD blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; and the blessing of the LORD was upon all that he had in the house, and in the field.
Gen 39:6 And he left all that he had in Joseph’s hand; and he knew not ought he had, save the bread which he did eat. And Joseph was a goodly person, and well favoured.”
As a young man, Joseph might have used some tact when talking about the dreams God gave him about ruling over the other family members one day. Unfortunately, he didn’t. In order to be placed over all of Potiphar’s household and business affairs, he must have learned to curb his tongue. He wasn’t married at the time and we learn later that Egyptians didn’t like to eat at the same table with Hebrews, in Genesis 43:32. So, it doesn’t seem he has any close friends. He certainly got to know God more during those trying times. He never curses God in the book of Genesis for his years of slavery and hardship. He’s an amazing person.
I really enjoy reading of the life and times of those in the Bible, ordinary people serving an extraordinary and only true God, according to God’s Word. Hopefully, I learn from their foibles and their triumphs.
I hope if I ever speak to people about God’s favor over my life that I would give God all the credit, as Karen Ehman mentioned in her book.
May God bless you.