"Joseph answered, “Not I, but God." (41:16)
Joseph is such an example of being Christlike - for every recorded action towards him, he reacted in a kind way.
Even to God.
Even in low places, God put Joseph in a position of authority.
And finally after two years, he was brought before Pharaoh.
Different in how he allowed God to shine through him and gave God all the glory.
Because of how Joseph forgave his brothers, I am able to think Joseph probably forgave Potiphar and his wife. Along with being a person of integrity and loving, he was humble. He gave God The Glory for his abilities. He wasn't concerned about a pat on the back. I don't know what the proper procedure was for the speaking of different ranks, etc., but the head jailer had to have some connections. Did Joseph ever try to get out for good behavior? for knowing the dreams of the cup bearer/baker? Was he waiting on God's time?
So much to glean from Joseph.
How many moments do we grow angry and shake our fist, when things don't go our way or life is unfair? How many times do we get wrapped up in patting ourselves on the back, or having others praise us? Not giving The Glory to Him?
Joseph never took his focus off of God. No matter where he was or the situation he was in.
Always - God came first.
He had the opportunity to brag on himself, he could have held on to anger and bitterness, after two years of sitting in prison. And in reply to Pharaoh trying to give him the glory - he replied,
“Not I, but God."
"Then Pharaoh gave Joseph an Egyptian name, Zaphenath-Paneah (God Speaks and He Lives)." (41:45)
Because of who Joseph was and the way he lived, Pharaoh's given name for Joseph represented what he saw - "God speaks and is alive".
"Joseph had two sons born to him before the years of famine came. Asenath, daughter of Potiphera the priest of On, was their mother. Joseph named the firstborn Manasseh (Forget), saying, “God made me forget all my hardships and my parental home.” He named his second son Ephraim (Double Prosperity), saying, “God has prospered me in the land of my sorrow.” (41:50-52)
He gave God The Glory in the name of his first son. He was able to forget and move on. In the name of the second son, he gives thanks. There, even in the land of his sorrow - God prospered him.
God never left him - as He never leaves us.
Do we strive to follow the example of Joseph in all of our steps?