Scripture Read: Genesis 41
Title: Joseph's Rise to Power
(H) Highlight verse:: "Joseph answered, Pharaoh, 'It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh a favorable response." Genesis 41:16
(E) Explain: In this passage we read about Joseph's rise to power in Egypt. Joseph is certainly a gifted and talented man who is deserving of this promotion, but we see that all Joseph does and says has been given to him by God. The interpretation of the dream, the wise counsel of storing up food for the famine and ultimately the distribution of the food during the famine was all given to Joseph by God. Joseph acknowledges that it is God who gives the talent and this shows us that Joseph is a humble man who is committed and obedient to God. Joseph very easily could have let this rise to power go to his head, but he doesn't. He gives God the credit and He is obedient to do what God tells him to do. We will continue to see in the days to come that Joseph remained a person who is ground in his relationship with God as he chooses to do some real soul searching when he meets his brothers. It is my opinion that Joseph is one of the great examples of leadership in the Bible. Leadership is about being connected with God, being obedient to Him, seeking His counsel and putting others before self.
(A) Application: I love how God chooses to use us to accomplish His will. God is self-sufficient. He does not NEED us, but He DOES use us. God can do whatever He wants, when He wants and how He wants and yet He wants to use US. God calls his people (us) to join Him in accomplishing His plans and purposes. He invites us to find out what He is up to and get on board so we can assist Him. I think it is important for us to acknowledge and understand that God gives us our abilities and talents. God has gifted you and me so we can best serve Him and with Him. When we understand and acknowledge this I think it keeps us humble, because then we know that it is not our greatness that helps us succeed, but it is His greatness that helps us succeed.
(R) Respond: Lord, I want to be used by you to bring glory to your name. I am an open vessel and I want to be used by you. I desire to seek out what you are doing and joining you in accomplishing you ultimate purpose in this world and in my life. May I remain open, available and humble to do your bidding here on earth.
Jeff has been in full-time ministry for thirty years. He currently serves as Executive Director at Anchor House Ministry at SeaPort Manatee in Palmetto, FL and he is a part-time Campus Pastor at West Bradenton Southside in Bradenton, Florida.
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