There are quite a number of P’s that were associated with the life of Joseph the dreamer whose story is recorded the Bible book of Genesis chapter 37 to chapter 50. All of these P’s are relevant to us as we can learn from them.
Joseph found himself in the pit as a result of envy of his brothers who are jealous of the glorious future that was revealed to him in a dream and yet another dream. The pit signifies dryness and hopelessness but he didn't stay long in that situation because of the intervention of Judah, which means praise. In other words, praise kept him out of pit.
2. Mr. Potiphar
After Joseph was brought out of the pit, he was sold to Egyptian slave traders. He was bought over by Mr. Potiphar, an Egyptian soldier. Joseph prospered in Potiphar's house. Everything committed to his hands succeeded and was soon in charge of everything in Potiphar's house because God was with him.
3. Mrs. Potiphar
Being an handsome young man, the mistress of the house, Mrs. Potiphar, began to lust after him. And when she could not succeed in getting him to have an affair with her, she decided to rape him. This attempt failed because Joseph fled the scene but Mrs. Potiphar held on to his shirt and later lied against him. She told her husband that Joseph tried to rape her. He believed the false story and as result of that he put Joseph in the prison.
Joseph found himself in the prison for the offence he did not commit. He, however, refused to be depressed by the situation. He remained optimistic about the dreams he had. His optimism rubbed off on others in the prison including the officers of the prison who decided to put him in charge of some affairs of the prison. Not only that, he interpreted the dreams of two others prisoners accurately. These two other prisoners happened to be palace officials. One of them, a butler, was restored to the palace according to Joseph's interpretation. Joseph told him not to forget him when he gets back to the palace
The butler back in the palace now, but has forgotten about Joseph. Then, came a day that the king had a dream that no one was able to interpret. This made the butler to remember Joseph.
King Pharaoh sent for Joseph, perhaps he might be able to interpret his puzzling dreams. In one of the dreams, Pharaoh saw seven fat cows being eaten up by seven lean cows. The lean cows, however, remained lean. This really frightened Pharaoh. Joseph interpreted the dream to mean that there will seven years of plenty in the land of Egypt followed by seven years of famine such that the years of famine would be as if there had been any year of Plenty.
Joseph advised king Pharaoh to create a policy that would make the nation to save during the years of plenty that would cater for the years of famine that lie ahead
8. Prime Minister
King Pharaoh was convinced that Joseph was the right man for the job hence he made him a prime Minister being second in command to the King himself
9, 10, 11, 12 Popularity, Population, Preservation and Prosperity
This made Joseph to popular through out the land. With his policies he was able to preserve the population of Egypt and other nations, including his own people (the Israelites) who came looking for survival from the famine in land. His policies also brought prosperity to the government of Egypt because he made the people to pay twenty percent tax and exchange their lands for food.