“And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt: but God was with him,”
One of the greatest statements that could be said about anyone is what was said about Joseph that “God was with him.” No education can outdo what God can do when He is with a person. No personality can influence more than a person who has God with them. Talent can never do for a person what God can do for them if He is with them. Money is certainly a needed thing to have to get great things done, but money without God is a losing combination. It always takes God to be with a person for any person to make it through life on the winning side.
The key word in the verse above is “with.” God never leaves a person, nor does He forsake them, but to be with someone means that they are in agreement. To be “with” someone is to have the same mind and going in the same direction. The word “with” is about the presence of God, but it is more than just having His presence; it is also about He and you being in the same yoke together. God being “with” someone is both having the same mind as Philippians 2:5 commands. God being “with” someone is getting in the same yoke with God as Matthew 11:29 commands the believer to do. If you want God to do anything in your life, it will have to be said about you that God was “with” you. Let me share three things that must happen if God is going to be “with” you.
First, God was with him because he was with God. My friend, God is always with you, but are you with God? God never leaves you, but do you jump into the yoke with God to work together with Him? Joseph being with God was as vital to this truth as God being with Joseph. James 4:8 says, “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.” You will notice that God reacts according to the believer’s action. When you draw nigh to God, He reciprocates by drawing nigh to you. Therefore, God being with you is a reciprocation of you being with God.
Second, God was with him because he was going the same direction as God. The word “with” means to be going the same direction. God is not going to change His direction because you want to live in the world. My friend, going the direction of the world has never given you a great presence with God. If you want to enjoy God’s presence in your life, you had better be going the same direction as God is going. My parents were always present in my life as a child, but I didn’t always enjoy their presence because I didn’t always do what they told me to do. The more that I obeyed my parents and didn’t fight the direction that they were trying to lead me in life, the more I enjoyed their presence. Likewise, the more you obey God’s Word and accept where He leads you, the more you will enjoy His presence in your life. When you surrender to the direction that God leads you is when you begin to enjoy the presence of God in your life.
Third, God was with him because he was doing the works of God. When you start doing the works of God, you will find that He will give you His power to do those works. The word “with” not only implies His presence, but also His power. When we say that God is with someone, we are saying that His power rests upon them. You need God to be with you more than you need anything else. The desire and prayer of your life should be that God is with you as you do His works.