Rags to Riches
Heavenly Father, on this Thanksgiving Day, I join with others to give You the thanks You so richly deserve.
Read GENESIS 41:41-57
Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
To God we say, “For all that has been, thanks. For all that shall be, yes” (Dag Hammarskjöld). God is faithful—in the past, present and future.
Who could ever have imagined that Joseph would be transformed from an insignificant immigrant prisoner into the highly honored prime minister of Egypt? Few rags-to-riches stories match this one. Yet this is not a rags-to-riches story based on human effort. Joseph does not work his way up the governmental ladder through personal endeavor. It’s all God’s doing. In a similar way, for every follower of Jesus, it is a rags-to-riches transformation. Like Joseph, we exchange our old clothes for new ones, being clothed in the righteousness of Christ. This, too, is all from God.
Some 13 years have passed since Joseph was sold by his brothers into slavery. As Joseph moves into his thirties, life is very different. God blesses him with two sons. In naming them, Joseph affirms that it is time to move on. The past is forgotten and his present fruitfulness celebrated. All of this is thanks to God. Joseph’s God-centered approach to life has not been displaced by his new career. The One who made it possible for him to be prime minister continues to influence all that he does. We, too, should be thankful for the ability to forget the past and move on. This, also, is a gift from God.
In the providence of God, Joseph’s life was transformed. From Joseph’s perspective, things must have moved very slowly. In the end, his loyalty to God was fully rewarded. Sometimes in our impatience we want an instant fix for the challenges and difficulties that we face. In the light of Joseph’s experience it is important to realize that God’s timing may require us to wait patiently (Psa. 37:7-9; Rev. 1:9;14:12).
Everyone wants quick fixes to their problems. Pray for patience to wait for God’s answer, in God’s time, for any problem you face now—and whenever life is difficult.
Lord, I have experienced your boundless goodness. Help me to trust Your wise and caring timing, also.
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