“Joseph is a fruitful bough, a fruitful bough by a well; his branches run over the wall.” (Genesis 49:22)
The most eloquent blessing was reserved for Joseph who unites the best qualities of Reuben and Judah. He is a dreamer, a visionary some might say, but one who balances his dreams with moral and spiritual strength. He is likened unto a fruitful vine that grows by a fountain and whose branches spread out and climb up and over a wall. In Hebrew, he is described as ben parot, literally, “son of fruit.”
We are told that everything he set his hand to prospered. Whether in his father’s house, Potiphar’s house or prison, he was, indeed, fruitful even in the land of his affliction (Genesis 41:52). He was the epitome of one who thrived because he was planted by a fountain of waters. As the Psalmist said:
“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.” (Psalm 1:1-3)
It is a comfort and blessing to consider that we, too, can prosper in similar manner if we are those who “delight in the law of the LORD.” If we commit ourselves to be true to our Father and His ways, regardless of the world around us, the promise of blessing and prosperity is ours as well. Take heart that those who have come before us bear witness to the fact that, even in the midst of trying circumstances, the faithfulness of God is unshaken. He will preserve and prosper His people when they are submitted to His Will in their life. Even in our affliction, we will see how He has planted us beside fountains of water that will cause us to flourish in an abundance of fruit.
Blessings and Shalom,