Please read Genesis 40, Genesis 35:28-29, and Genesis 41, and then let’s visit! Here’s what I’m thinking about today:
What a whirlwind Joseph’s life is! We haven’t mentioned where he came from, but let’s hit the highlights now: a favored son, a baby brother, entrapped, sold, a slave, a prisoner, now second in command over Egypt…. At every opportunity to take offense at his circumstances, Joseph kept his sight on the Lord’s faithfulness. At every opportunity to promote or defend himself, Joseph kept his sight on the Lord’s faithfulness. Remember when he was brought in to interpret Pharaoh’s dream? Pharaoh thought it would be Joseph who interpreted the dream. Joseph could have easily taken credit, manipulated the situation to try and gain favor – but he knew the Lord’s faithfulness and he answered, “Not I, but God. God will set Pharaoh’s mind at ease” (Genesis 41:16).
Joseph did not have to say anything on his own behalf – the Lord was on his side: “Pharaoh said to his officials, ‘Isn’t this the man we need? Are we going to find anyone else who has God’s spirit in him like this?’ So Pharaoh said to Joseph, “You’re the man for us. God has given you the inside story—no one is as qualified as you in experience and wisdom.” (Genesis 41:38-40).
God doesn’t work on our timelines, and He never forgets. Though it can be hard to let God be your only defense, He can be trusted!