17. Walk close to God

Last week we discussed how brave Joseph was. He was summoned out of prison to come and interpret Pharaoh's dream. This was his chance to be free and to make a good impression. Pharaoh had the power to send him back to prison or to even execute him if he didn't please him. So Joseph was put on the spot. And even though he knew that the Egyptians worshipped a lot of gods, his first words to Pharaoh gave glory to Elohim, the Creator God:

"It is not in me; Elohim will give Pharaoh an answer of peace." Genesis 41:16.

Pharaoh could easily have been offended by Joseph giving honor to Elohim, the true Creator God. He could have had Joseph removed from his sight. But because Joseph was faithful to God, God gave him favor with Pharaoh.

Now just one other interesting thing to note is that Joseph didn't say to Pharaoh: "I will ask God and hear what He says about your dream." Or "Hopefully God will help me to interpret the dream." No, he was confident that God would show him. He knew God's heart and he knew that He would help him. And another thing that he knew about God is that God would give Pharaoh a good answer. He knew God is a good God and gives dreams to help.

Joseph was so confident he told Pharaoh not only will God tell him what his dream meant, it will also be an answer of peace. Peace here is the Hebrew word 'Shalom'. Shalom has many meanings. Other than peace, it also means safety, soundness, welfare, health, prosperity and contentment. The New American Standard Bible translates it as:

"It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh a favorable answer."

A favorable answer. In other words Joseph was in fact telling Pharaoh: "Don't worry, my God will interpret your dream and it will be favorable to you."

This is just wow to me, as it shows Joseph's absolute trust in God. Despite being innocently in jail for years on end, this shows that he wasn't angry with God and that he still trusted Him to help him and to give Pharaoh a favorable answer. It also shows that he had such a close relationship with God that he could say with confidence what God wanted to reveal to Pharaoh. At this stage Holy Spirit hasn't been poured out on all flesh, so it is astounding to me how Joseph simply knew what God wanted to say to Pharaoh. He must have been truly close to God.

May we all live a relationship with God like that. May we walk so close to Him, spend so much time with Him, that when someone asks us advice, then we can confidently say what God wants to do in their lives. We and God must be so close, that our voices will be as one. That we only speak His will over people's lives. We shouldn't even hesitate but be confident that we are walking the walk with Him.

Also we should learn from Joseph and not become bitter with God. One can easily become bitter. Joseph spent several years in jail for something he didn't do. He could have been so angry with God, especially for leaving him so long in jail. And yet, the first thing he did when he came out was to glorify God. We should also be like that and trust God's timing. We shouldn't become bitter towards Him and blame Him for certain situations in our lives. It is so easy to do. But we must realize that God will never allow anything in our lives that is not necessary for our growth. He will always assist us and help us and exalt us at exactly the right time. All glory to Him!

Father we give You glory and honor! You are our God and King. We want to walk this earthly life close with You. Speak clearly to us so that we can help others and lead them closer to You. Amen

2 comments for “17. Walk close to God”

  1. Gravatar of HenriHenri
    Posted Monday, 28 February 2022 at 10:09:33 AM

    Thank you for this inspiring perspective on Josephs faith. To always know and to trust God implicitly when things do not go our way.

  2. Gravatar of MariMari
    Posted Friday, 04 March 2022 at 4:41:57 PM


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