First Among Equals
Heavenly Father, may my ears be attuned to Your voice, my heart open to Your Word, my life transformed by Your power.
Read Genesis 41:17-45
Scripture taken from the THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION
“Every context we find ourselves in is a place to minister to others, to be a mouthpiece for truth and justice and the Gospel, to be a maker of disciples and to be a maker of culture–a shaper of the way things are done” (Mark Greene).
“At an international conference of church leaders the convener asked participants what was the greatest problem in their countries. Almost all included bribery and corruption, often as the most serious problem they faced. The convener responded: “If corruption is the major problem, then why are we preparing our young people only to be pastors and evangelists? Why aren’t we training them to be the godly entrepreneurs, economists, policemen, judges and politicians that our countries so desperately need?”‘ (Mark Roques and Arthur Jones).
The interpretation Joseph brings to Pharaoh’s dream not only springs him from jail–it propels him to the very center of Egyptian political life. Once again Joseph’s reliance on the gifts God has given him makes him a trusted servant. To the list of those naming him a “favorite friend”–his father, Potiphar, his jailer, the wine-taster–is now added the great dictator of all Egypt, Pharaoh. Joseph is exercising two God-given gifts: the insight to interpret Pharaoh’s dream and the wisdom to apply it to the life of Egypt. By the time he has finished, the Egyptian economy has a new Fourteen-Year Plan and Pharaoh is set to survive the coming famine.
Joseph does not keep the gifts of God to himself, nor does he assume that their application is limited to the personal. His God is the maker of all things. Why should he not speak to the very nation of Egypt itself? God’s wisdom, Joseph finds, is for all of life–the personal, the political, and the economic. How much could the Pharaohs of the world’s economies have benefited in recent times from a Joseph whispering in their ears?
Are you now experiencing a famine? Physically? Culturally? Socially? Spiritually? What traits of Joseph will help you survive such famine-like trials?
Loving Father, may I never forget that You are in charge of all things. Trials remind me that I must worship You, and not the works of my own hands.
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