Joseph was a long way from home.  Nothing was clear in his mind about his hard circumstances or people’s mistreatment but one thing was clear to him – he was still loved by his father. The Bible says he was favored and loved by Jacob his father, above the other sons. When Joseph was a boy, he was given a special robe by his father.  This robe also prophesied his future favor and whatever else he dressed in, and no matter what others did to him, in his mind, he always wore his father’s robe.  Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. The LORD was with Joseph, and he was a successful man, and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD made all he did to prosper in his hand. So Joseph found favor in his sight and served him. Then he made him overseer of his house, and all that he had he put under his authority.   Gen 39:1 -4

The Lord was with him and the divine purpose of his father robe propelled him into the favor of men.  When Joseph came up out of the prison he had nothing.  He was a penniless slave with no reputation but God was with him.   It doesn’t matter what else is not with you, so long as God is with you.  It is not what we have in our life but who we have in our life that matters.  He was so favored that it attracted unwanted attention.   Potiphar’s wife tried to tear his clothes off but in a way, his father’s robe protected him.  Joseph ran to protect his purity because his robe spoke of his father’s love and it prophesied to him, of his special purpose.  What Joseph knew of his father’s love, strengthened him against temptation and determined the way he acted.  It always does.

Remember when the disciples were told of Jesus betrayal?  Then the disciples looked at one another, perplexed about whom He spoke.  Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved (John 13:21 -23).  Joseph may have been loved more than his brothers, but here it doesn’t say that Jesus loved John more than the others just that he was the one who Jesus loved.  He wasn’t loved most but he was able to receive the most love.  Out of all the disciples, John understood Jesus the best. He understood what Jesus the Creator wanted; John knew how Jesus wanted to love and he knew how to love Jesus in response.  The Creator wanted to be close and to be leaned upon.  The love and favor of God we are able to receive and feel is proportional to what we can imagine or see the Father giving.  John acted differently to all the other disciples because he “saw” God differently to all the others.

When the Prodigal came up out of his pig sty, he was forgiven and embraced by his father, in ways he never imagined. The Father’s party followed.  The celebration was for the Father  but he gave favor to the son. “Son, wear this so everyone in the town will know you’re loved and if they don’t know it, at least you will know that I love you.  My ring, like a wedding ring, will remind you at all times that I am committed to you and that I want everything to prosper in your hand. Put these sandals on so every step you take you will know that I’m rejoicing over your walk and even if there has to be a prison, it has a purpose.”

Friend, the inner strength that Joseph had even after his robe was taken from him, can be yours too, because when you “came home”, Father put His Powerful Robe on you. I hope you can still “see it.” Let us wear the Fathers robe with joy today because while He doesn’t love you more than other sons and daughters,  He does want you to see that He loves you more than you have ever seen before.  His robe, of  loving favor, prophecies your potential, propels your success and protects you from every lesser love.

Published by Jim Shaw