And whatever he did, the Lord made it succeed.
Joseph had been thrown into a ditch by his brothers, sold as a slave to a foreign land, falsely accused of assaulting his masters wife and thrown in prison. Taken at face value, it would seem as if God was not with Joseph. In fact, it might even appear as if God was against him. Yet, throughout the story, it says God was with Joseph (39:2, 39:21) and that whatever he did, the Lord made it succeed. Whether that whatever was working as a slave or being in prison, with God Joseph was successful.
God does not promise us favorable circumstances in our lives. In fact, Christ himself said that this world is hard. But in the hardness, in the pain and strife as well as the joy and lightness God promises to be with us.
The question is, should I choose to acknowledge Him there and seek Him out in the midst of it all. It would be a shame not to. For, as seen through Joseph's life, God helps us to succeed in those dark places; He just challenges our definition of success. And if we do seek Him out and let Him challenge how we see "success" He will bring about His will in and through us. More so than just His will for our life, He will use us to a greater extent in the Kingdom of God.
Lord, my prayer today is to seek you wherever I am in whatever I do.