For Such a Time as This
Ask God to reveal himself to you afresh today, and to give you renewed closeness with him for today’s tasks.
Read Genesis 41:17-45
 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “In my dream I was standing on the bank of the Nile,  when out of the river there came up seven cows, fat and sleek, and they grazed among the reeds.  After them, seven other cows came up-scrawny and very ugly and lean. I had never seen such ugly cows in all the land of Egypt.  The lean, ugly cows ate up the seven fat cows that came up first.  But even after they ate them, no one could tell that they had done so; they looked just as ugly as before. Then I woke up.  “In my dream I saw seven heads of grain, full and good, growing on a single stalk.  After them, seven other heads sprouted-withered and thin and scorched by the east wind.  The thin heads of grain swallowed up the seven good heads. I told this to the magicians, but none of them could explain it to me.”  Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, “The dreams of Pharaoh are one and the same. God has revealed to Pharaoh what he is about to do.  The seven good cows are seven years, and the seven good heads of grain are seven years; it is one and the same dream.  The seven lean, ugly cows that came up afterward are seven years, and so are the seven worthless heads of grain scorched by the east wind: They are seven years of famine.  “It is just as I said to Pharaoh: God has shown Pharaoh what he is about to do.  Seven years of great abundance are coming throughout the land of Egypt,  but seven years of famine will follow them. Then all the abundance in Egypt will be forgotten, and the famine will ravage the land.  The abundance in the land will not be remembered, because the famine that follows it will be so severe.  The reason the dream was given to Pharaoh in two forms is that the matter has been firmly decided by God, and God will do it soon.  “And now let Pharaoh look for a discerning and wise man and put him in charge of the land of Egypt.  Let Pharaoh appoint commissioners over the land to take a fifth of the harvest of Egypt during the seven years of abundance.  They should collect all the food of these good years that are coming and store up the grain under the authority of Pharaoh, to be kept in the cities for food.  This food should be held in reserve for the country, to be used during the seven years of famine that will come upon Egypt, so that the country may not be ruined by the famine.”  The plan seemed good to Pharaoh and to all his officials.  So Pharaoh asked them, “Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom is the spirit of God?”  Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has made all this known to you, there is no one so discerning and wise as you.  You shall be in charge of my palace, and all my people are to submit to your orders. Only with respect to the throne will I be greater than you.”  So Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I hereby put you in charge of the whole land of Egypt.”  Then Pharaoh took his signet ring from his finger and put it on Joseph’s finger. He dressed him in robes of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck.  He had him ride in a chariot as his second-in-command, and people shouted before him, “Make way!” Thus he put him in charge of the whole land of Egypt.  Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I am Pharaoh, but without your word no one will lift hand or foot in all Egypt.”  Pharaoh gave Joseph the name Zaphenath-Paneah and gave him Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On, to be his wife. And Joseph went throughout the land of Egypt. Scripture taken from the THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION
ReflectWhat was the purpose of Pharaoh's dreams?
As he gives his advice to Pharaoh, Joseph is writing his own job description! And now he is able to take on this job with none of the attitude of the 17-year-old Joseph at the start of the story. At still only 30 years old (46), he has the maturity of character and self-discipline, formed by God through his years of hardship and faithful servant work, to be rocketed from prisoner to deputy ruler without pride or arrogance, and to do the job without corruption or selfishness. The Holy Spirit, who has taught and sustained Joseph, guided and comforted him, revealed wisdom and matured character in him, is now what Pharaoh sees as he looks at Joseph (37,38), and is the means by which his position in the palace is secured. It is for exactly this task that God has brought Joseph to this precise location, at this exact time. One way that God trains and develops us, like Joseph, is by trusting us with small things before he trusts us with bigger things (Luke 16:10). Our responsibility is to be faithful with what we’ve been given today, and leave the future to God.
In what ways can you be faithful in the tasks or the life situation that God has given to you?
Lord, I want to be faithful to Your calling to me so that You can use me for Your good purposes.
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