After a break for Advent and for me taking an internet vacation, let’s step back into our study of Genesis, shall we? This week is Genesis 41. What stands out to you in that chapter?
Genesis 41:16 (NIV)–“I cannot do it,” Joseph replied to Pharaoh, “but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires.”
When we last saw Joseph, my wondering was how long it took him to sink into despair. He had to believe, after being forgotten by the cupbearer on top of everything else that had happened, that God had forgotten him too.
Yet here we see him, finally summoned to come before Pharaoh. Not because he’s done something, but because God has. Pharaoh’s dreams are disturbing him, and no one can give him an answer. Ah. NOW the cupbearer remembers the guy who correctly interpreted the dream foretelling his restoration. Enter Joseph, probably wondering, after all this time, if he’s going to get executed or something. He’s bound to be wondering what’s coming next.
But then Pharaoh asks for help. See, Joseph’s reputation precedes him. And where we once saw an immature boy who was quick to tell his brothers how all of the moon and stars and grain sheaves bowed down to him, we now see a mature man who is quick to note that HE is not the man for the Job; God is.
I really, really wish we had some insight into Joseph’s mind as he waited in prison, but one thing we know. He came out a closer man to God. A man who understood Who the Almighty is and what He can do. Because God uses our lives to shape us for His glory, and oh what glory Joseph would bring Him.