Anyone that knows the story of Joseph knows that Pharoah’s good will was hard won!

and rescued him from all his troubles. He gave Joseph wisdom and enabled him to gain the goodwill of Pharaoh king of Egypt; so he made him ruler over Egypt and all his palace. “Then a famine struck all Egypt and Canaan, bringing great suffering, and our fathers could not find food. Acts 7:10-11 (The Message)

It isn’t Stephen’s intention to preach a message about Joseph and, so, he skates over the journey Joseph made to gain Pharoah’s goodwill. It is common knowledge, because of the popularization of the story through the musical ‘Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’, that Joseph was mistreated, enslaved, falsely accussed, and imprisoned,  on the journey.

Proverbs 16:7 says, When a man’s ways are pleasing to the LORD, he makes even his enemies live at peace with him.’ and St. Paul writes, ‘ If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.’ Often doing so will mean that there will be challenge, disquiet, or discomfort on our own part to do so because following God’s path is selfless and sacrificial. Living at peace with people often means stretching the spiritual in our own lives which isn’t about self-fulfliment but about self negation.

May the life of sacrifice and love be the first place I turn to in seeking to live at peace with others. Let me not seek influence unless it is without recourse to my self but only giving glory to Jesus. Amen.