22. Ask wisdom from God

Last time we saw how God lifted Joseph up from the lowest of low in prison to the second highest position in all of Egypt, the most civilized country of the ancient world. He lifted him up within minutes. But it took thirteen years of preparation for Joseph before this moment arrived. He could have become despondent and could have forsaken God during that time, but he didn't. He continued following God and doing the best he could, doing good to others in the process. God honored that and lifted him high at precisely the right moment. And we learned that this could be true of us as well, we should never lose heart, but we should continue with our responsibilities as well as doing good to others and fellowshipping with God on a daily basis. Our turn will come, when God will use us in the best possible way, honoring His Name and His Kingdom.

Joseph was now second in command in Egypt. As exciting as this was, this must have been a very daunting task. After all he didn't have the proper training for the task up ahead. He didn't go to a 'university' to study what to do in a situation like this. He didn't have the experience of running a country. He didn't know how Pharaoh's palace was run etc. etc. He was literally thrown into the deep end. But He had God. And that made all the difference. He did his best and God did the rest:

"So Joseph gathered up all the food of the seven years which were in the land of Egypt, and laid up the food in the cities; he laid up in every city the food of the fields which surrounded them. Joseph gathered very much grain, as the sand of the sea, until he stopped counting, for it is immeasurable." Genesis 41:48, 49

God gave Joseph wisdom and knowledge to gather the food for the seven years of famine. He helped him in all the details and Joseph blossomed. He became powerful in the eyes of the people and Pharaoh sent all the people to Joseph to deal with:

"So when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread. Then Pharaoh said to all the Egyptians, "Go to Joseph; whatever he says to you, do." Genesis 41:55

Joseph did such a good job, that Pharaoh trusted him totally. He had total confidence in him and that says a lot.

When God appoints you to do a certain job, He will equip you to be able to do the job as well. You might feel afraid and inadequate, but God will equip and lead you. He will not abandon you, but help you throughout the process. He will never place you in a certain position without being confident that you would be able to do it.

This reminds me of a saying - "Do it afraid." If God wants you to do something, do it even if you feel afraid. It might be that He wants you to forgive someone, or that He wants you to correct someone, or He wants you to be more assertive and stand up for yourself or maybe He wants you to expose wrong doing, or maybe He has led you to a new place or a new job and He wants you to reach out to others or to change systems etc. Whatever the case may be, He will lead and guide you. He will. Just ask wisdom from Him, He promises to give it to you:

"If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him." James 1:5

Father thank you that we can ask wisdom from You. You led Joseph and he did a sterling job, please lead us too. Help us to know what is the best thing to do and give us the courage to do it. We want to honor You and be the best we can be. Amen

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