“Do everything without grumbling or arguing.” Philippians 2:14
In Genesis 39, Joseph’s life has taken a drastic turn for the worse. He goes from being the favorite son with a coat of many colors, to a slave (Genesis 39:1). I find it fascinating that during this entire season of Joseph’s life, he never once complained! Even when Potiphar’s wife tried to sleep with him and then lied about the events, he never opened his mouth to say a negative word about his circumstances or toward God.
Scripture tells us to do everything without complaining or arguing (Philippians 2:14). This is easier said than done. Yesterday, I actually complained about the line at Starbucks being too long.
Seriously, when things don’t quite work out the way we expect, it’s easy to grumble and ask God why, or worse yet, accuse Him of now knowing or caring enough to do anything about it. Joseph neither grumbled not accused. He served God faithfully when he was in his father’s home and he was faithful while working for Potiphar as a slave.
Coach, maybe you’re going through a difficult situation and are tempted to complain to God or about Him. My prayer for you is that you will find comfort in the fact that God is with you and He promises never to leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5). This very attitude may just cause someone to watch your life and how you handle difficult situations with faith and faithfulness and maybe even give you favor, like Joseph found with Potiphar (Genesis 39:4).
“We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).
– Don Davis is the Senior Director of Player Affairs for the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) and is responsible for advancing and overseeing the management of varying aspects of player labor issues.
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