Five times in one chapter, Genesis 39, the Bible says, “The Lord was with Joseph.” But that didn’t exempt Joseph from jealousy and betrayal or the advances of Potiphar’s wife or her lies that sent him to prison. The Bible says, “They bruised his feet with fetters and placed his neck in an iron collar. Until the time came to fulfill his dreams, the Lord tested Joseph’s character” (Psalm 105:18-19 NLT). Joseph didn’t know it, but he was in training for reigning. God wanted to see if he would choose trust over lust and obedience over expedience. It’s in looking back that you realize why one of God’s names is Redeemer. He can redeem everything you’ve been through—the good, the bad, and the ugly. The lesson Joseph learned is this: God is with you even when there is no evidence He is. He is walking alongside you. He is working with you. He is going ahead of you to rearrange circumstances in your favour. His Word says, “‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So that we may boldly say, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?’” (Hebrews 13:5-6 NKJV). But sometimes in the plan of God, things get worse before they get better. That’s when you must tighten your grip and lean harder on God: “Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise” (Hebrews 10:35-36 NKJV).