29th SEPTEMBER 2022
Now, therefore, Pharaoh should look for a discerning and wise man and set him over the land of Egypt. Let Pharaoh take action and appoint commissioners over the land to take a fifth of the harvest of Egypt during the seven years of abundance. This proposal pleased Pharaoh and all his officials. So Pharaoh asked them, “Can we find anyone like this man, in whom the Spirit of God abides?” Genesis 41:33–34/37–38 BSB
The encounter between Joseph and Pharaoh is one that is particularly interesting, considering the circumstances that led to Joseph’s imprisonment. He wasn’t bitter for being accused falsely. He didn’t take matters into his own hands; to have his revenge against the authority that saw no value in his innocence after bringing great profit to them. Could it be because of the vision of prosperity he had for himself? Was his love and forgiveness for those who hurt him a product of the conviction he had about God’s promise?
When Egypt was about to go into famine, God found it necessary to tell Pharaoh, although he would not understand God. However, Pharaoh was inclined enough to know that what he had heard or seen was not nothing. So he went on to look for the understanding as he knew how to, but when all that failed, he had to be humble enough to listen to a slave for understanding and direction.
We have to learn by the Spirit, to look out for divine ideas, insight, and inspiration for our world.
From the verses for today, we see Joseph tell Pharaoh to take action after interpreting his dream. Joseph goes on to outline practical steps to solve the problems the king was about to face ahead of time. From the latter part of the verses, we also see Pharaoh’s response to the preposition of Joseph. In a time of predicted great economic crisis and turmoil, Pharaoh, who did not acknowledge God as LORD, was looking for a man in whom the Spirit of God abides. He was not looking for an economist.
Go to work, apply yourself to knowledge. Work on your skills. God’s promise to prosper you would not fail, yet, you must be ready with ideas and insights to solve the problems of kings.
Heavenly Father, I thank You, that in You dwells all wisdom and ideas to solve any and every problem. By reason of Your Spirit at work in me, as I apply myself to find ideas to solve world problems, please grant me divine ideas that will keep and sustains nations for Your glory, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Further Reading: Genesis 41:28–43
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