I could probably write 2 or 3 different posts on the things I could learn from Genesis 41, but as usual, one thing stood out to me more than anything else.
In this chapter, Joseph goes from rags to riches, literally from a prison to a palace. In the previous chapter, Joseph had helped two of Pharaoh’s officials interpret dreams – the cup-bearer and the baker. These guys had some troubling dreams, and could not find anyone to help them interpret them. Joseph comes to them and says “Do not interpretations belong to God?” Joseph then tells them what their dreams mean, and everyone goes on their happy way (well, the cup-bearer does – the baker gets killed and Joseph gets forgotten). Two years later, Pharaoh has 2 dreams that trouble him, and he has trouble finding anyone to help him interpret them. This is when the cup-bearer remembers Joseph and recommends Pharaoh ask him about what the dreams mean. Pharaoh summons Joseph, and once again Joseph says “I cannot do it,…but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires.” Joseph interprets the dreams (with God’s help, presumably), and Pharaoh makes Joseph his #2 man. Joseph successfully helps Egypt prepare for 7 years of plenty, followed by 7 years of famine.
The thing that stood out to me here was how quickly Joseph was to give all credit to God. A couple of posts ago I mentioned that Joseph could have easily gotten ticked off at God and said “how could you let this happen!?!?” Joseph had been sold into slavery, framed, thrown into prison, and forgotten for at least 2 years. He could have easily developed a bad attitude about the whole thing (I know I would have). But Joseph is still in the right frame of mind in his relationship with God. Though it will seem as though Joseph has great power in the interpreting of dreams, he is quick to give credit to God. And when his interpretations are correct, God receives the glory. And when Joseph’s God receives the glory, Joseph ends up receiving the favor of the men who control his fate. I don’t know how God does this – when we put Him first and give Him the credit He is due, He is able to bless us in ways we can’t even imagine.
1 Corinthians 10:31b: “…whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”