DECEMBER 30, Genesis 41:39-42
After Joseph was sold as a slave, his future was bleak. After all, what can a slave look forward to but daily toil and labour? But this was no ordinary slave. This was a child of the Almighty Lord, and God had a wonderful plan for him. No one could have imagined that Joseph the slave could later become the Egyptian Pharoah’s trusted and most senior official. His life story is a wonderful example of God’s mercy and grace. After being sold as a slave in Egypt by his jealous brothers, he worked in the house of Potiphar, an officer of the Pharaoh. Wrongly accused by Potiphar’s wife for molesting her, he ended up in prison.
But God was at work in Joseph’s life and God gave him the gift of being able to interpret dreams. He interpreted the dream of the butler correctly which was that the man would be restored to his butlership again. When Pharaoh had a dream, the butler remembered Joseph who could interpret dreams. So Joseph was called before Pharaoh and by the power of God, was able to successfully interpret Pharaoh’s dream. On top of that, Joseph advised him on how to save during the seven years of plenty because they would be followed by seven years of famine. Pharaoh was so pleased that he appointed Joseph, whom he described as “discreet and wise” to oversee the work, being second only to himself.
Consider which of these statements are True or False
1. Joseph finally became prime minister because he cheated along the way.
2. Joseph was part of God’s plan to preserve the children of Israel from famine.
3. It is God who puts people in positions of authority.
4. It is God who puts people down in lowly positions.
Thought: God controls the affairs of men.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, remind me that You have a wonderful plan for all who trust in You. I may not be able to see what will come tomorrow, but I know that You control tomorrow, and so I want to commit myself into Your hands and ask that You grant me the faith to trust You more. This is my prayer, in Jesus’ name, amen.