21. At the right time God will lift you up

Last week we learned that God's Spirit flowed so greatly through Joseph that even Pharaoh noticed it and commented on it. Joseph was so close to God that he immediately knew what Pharaoh's dreams meant and he also knew what to do about the dreams. He didn't hesitate or waver; he knew instantly what needed to be done because God was mightily with him. And the same could be true of us. When we live really close to God, we can also move more easily in His Spirit and know what God wants us to do and say to other people. Wouldn't that be wonderful? How amazing would that be to know what to say to other people and knowing that it is God speaking through you! It is possible; you just need to spend the time with God. Then breakthroughs will come.

Joseph interpreted Pharaoh's dream and told him what to do about the revelation too. Pharaoh could see God moving through Joseph and without a moment's notice:

"Inasmuch as God has shown you all this, there is no one as discerning and wise as you. You shall be over my house, and all my people shall be ruled according to your word; only in regard to the throne I will be greater than you." And Pharaoh said to Joseph, "See I have set you over all the land of Egypt." Then Pharaoh took his signet ring off his hand and put it on Joseph's hand; and he clothed him in garments of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck. And he had him ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried out before him, "Bow the knee!" So he set him over all the land of Egypt. Pharaoh also said to Joseph, "I am Pharaoh, and without your consent no man may lift his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt." Genesis 41:39-44

I have read the life of Joseph many times before, but when I read these verses again I realized the impact of what just happened here. It is truly phenomenal and God inspired. Where have you ever heard of a foreigner in jail rising to second in command of the most civilized country in the world within minutes? How on earth is that possible? He is taken out of jail and given all the riches of Egypt, ruler over all except for Pharaoh. No one can even lift a hand or foot without Joseph's consent. That is unheard of, especially for a foreigner. In an instant his whole life changed. He rose from the lowest of low to the highest of high in a matter of minutes. Did he do something in the physical realm to deserve it? No, not really if you look at him through the eyes of the Egyptians. BUT GOD. It is so amazing to see how God's will always come to pass. Joseph did his part, and then God did the impossible. Joseph's part was to do the best he can in the circumstances, to do good to others and to stay close to God. And then God took over and exalted him within minutes, after Joseph's obedience of 13 years!

Today the same can be said of us. We need to do our part, namely to do the best you can where you are at, to do good to others and to stay close to God. It is as simple as that. Then God will step in for us at precisely the right moment and exalt us to where we need to be. The problem with us is that instead of casting our care on God, we keep the care, but we cast the responsibility unto Him. We moan and complain and we do not want to do our part. We become selfish and stagnate. We blame God for things happening in our lives and we don't believe that He will come through for us. And that is a recipe for disaster. We cannot throw away our responsibility. Joseph would never have been exalted if he had committed adultery with Potiphar's wife, or even if he didn't, if he didn't have a good attitude in jail and didn't help the chief butler with his dream he would never have been exalted either. Joseph did his best where he was and helped where he could and stayed close to God and he received his reward. And notice he didn't receive it after one year or even two years of being faithful, but after thirteen years of doing the best he could! Remember that when you get tired of waiting or tired of doing good. Keep on going, God sees what you are doing and will reward you when the time is right. He knows what is best for you and will always do that.

In the meantime, be patient, be kind, do good and keep your responsibility. God will bless you.

Father thank you that our lives are within Your hands. You are faithful and true and we love You for that. Thank you that we can rest assured that You know best. In all situations and in all things. Amen

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