By Royal Appointment
Loving Lord, I celebrate Your steadfast love, I praise You for Your mercy, and I’m grateful for Your faithfulness.
Read Genesis 41:1-16
Scripture taken from the THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION
“We are to be the billboards of the gospel in the extraordinary ordinariness of our daily lives … It is in that profoundly this-worldly and mundane sense that creation, to use Calvin’s phrase, is the theater of God’s glory” (A. Wolters).
How could Joseph have known while he languished in his cell, apparently forgotten by everyone, that the wheels of God’s purposes were turning in the most unexpected of ways?
The scene is Pharaoh’s palace and the theme once again is the unsettling nature of dreams. The great dictator does not understand what his dreams might signify. Grain-plump or shriveled; cows healthy or scrawny, and always the same quantity – seven of each. What can these riddles mean? The palace staff is in panic mode, seeing the discomfort of their king. And then the wine-taster, now restored to his position, has a moment of inspiration. He remembers Joseph. The gifts of God have so shone in Joseph’s life that 24 months later, the memory comes flooding back.
Joseph is called; the problem is described, and the former slave has the ear of the most powerful man on earth. Rejected by his brothers; falsely imprisoned; forgotten, until now, by those he had helped, Joseph at last stands on the threshold of the greatness he has dreamed of. In his moment of triumph, he, too, has a moment of inspired remembering. He remembers to give credit for his gift to the God by whose providential care he has been carried (16). It is God who will interpret the dream, not his servant. This is not, in the end, Joseph’s story. It is the story of the Lord, the God who, unnamed in the adventure of Abraham, will later introduce himself to Moses. This is a God who makes promises and can be relied on to keep them. This is a God powerful enough to influence the dreams of kings. This is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, active in a new generation.
When was the last time you wondered if God had forgotten about you? How did he show you he hadn’t? How might this story help you remember God is always there for you?
Lord God, thank You for the promise that You’ll never leave me or forsake me. Forgive me for the darkness of my unbelief and grant me the light of Your presence.
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