Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Youth: Life focused on the Word of God
v.38 Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find anyone else like this—one in whom is the spirit of God?”
a young man, taken as a slave, jailed falsely, forgotten even by people whom he
rescued from death, yet remained faithful to God and in communion with him,
even though he was in a foreign land and had a string of failures which he
could have blamed God for.
The Bible portion that we read today describes how the interpretation that Joseph gave about the dream that Pharaoh had, and also the future strategy to be taken, impressed the Pharaoh to not just grant freedom to this jailed slave but also appoint him to be the second in command in the great nation of Egypt.
The rise of Joseph to such great height of power was sudden but was perfectly timed by God who knew Joseph since he was faithful and enduring through all these desolate experiences of his life without murmuring or complaining.
The reason that Pharaoh adds to this appointment is interesting since he says “Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom is the spirit of God?” (v.38) Here is the most powerful King of that time witnessing to the life of a young man who was led by the spirit of God and stood higher than anyone else because of that very virtue in him.
Paul reminds us in his letter to Timothy “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Tim 3: 16 – 17) The word of God is filled with the spirit of God so that we be equipped to breathe the life-giving spirit of God into our life dealings and all that we do. Reading, studying, hearing and believing the word of God only becomes meaningful when we live the word of God and witness it in our attitudes, words and action.
The life of Joseph shows us of his perseverance in faith even when nothing was going good for him. His boldness to proclaim the message that God was communicating to the Pharaoh even though he was a slave and prisoner and was risking his life by telling the truth. His dependence on the Spirit of God led him to even add a wise strategy to deal with forecasted famine which eventually led to his promotion to be the second in command by-passing all the faithful courtiers and ministers the Pharaoh could have had.
So, trust Him. Even in the place of your affliction, trust Him to use you for His glory; trust Him to make you forget your pain; and trust Him to make you fruitful as you live your life for Him.
In His time, in His time;
He makes all things beautiful in His time.
Lord, please show me every day
As You’re teaching me your way,
That You do just what you say in Your time.