Daily D – Genesis 41:55
When the whole land of Egypt was stricken with famine, the people cried out to Pharaoh for food. Pharaoh told all Egypt, “Go to Joseph and do whatever he tells you.” GENESIS 41:55 (CSB)
For God to make you great?
How low are you willing to go
For your greatness to show?
Pharaoh told the nation, “Go to Joseph and do whatever he tells you.” Joseph was wise and trustworthy. He held the nation’s security and future in his hands.
Let’s review. Verse 46 in this chapter says, “Joseph was thirty years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh king of Egypt.” For the first half of his life, he was his father’s favorite son. He was a dreamer.
For the second half of his life to this point, he was a slave and a prisoner. My sophomore English teacher would ask us to compare and contrast these circumstances. The differences are stark, aren’t they? Now the man who should have been accustomed to seismic shifts has things shift again, this time for the better. Much better.
“Go to Joseph and do whatever he tells you.”
Who says this about you? What would it take for someone of great authority to say this about you? How would you respond, how would you handle things, if someone of great authority said this about you?
What kind of character and integrity would be required to stand where Joseph stood and to make the decisions he had to make? What is the leadership gap between where you (and I) are and where Joseph was? What can you and I do to close that gap?
Spider-Man teaches us, “With great power comes great responsibility.” Joseph teaches us that before great power comes, great character and integrity must be present.
Where are the gaps in our lives? How will you and I close those gaps? Wise mentors and skilled coaches help us, in London Tube terms, to Mind the Gap. (Look it up.) Who can help you close the gap?
Trust is earned. Joseph earned it with his character and wisdom. He demonstrated it with his integrity and service to others. He was responsible as a slave, as a prisoner, and as a dream interpreter. What are your responsibilities? How will you grow in character and wisdom? How will you demonstrate integrity? How will you prepare yourself so that someone someday will say, “Go to (insert your name here) and do whatever he (or she) tells you”?
Today is a good day to prepare for that day. If we do not prepare for that day today, that day will probably never come.
I will close the gap between where I am and where I need to be.
Our Father, King David prayed over and over, “Test me, LORD, and try me; examine my heart and mind,” (Psalm 26:2). Test us to show us our gaps. Examine us so that we may see what you see about ourselves. Lead us into lives of greater character, integrity, and wisdom. Make us trustworthy so that others can say about us, “Go to him (or her) and do whatever he (or her) tells you to do.” Amen.
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6 Then the LORD spoke to Job out of the storm:
7 “Brace yourself like a man;
I will question you,
and you shall answer me.
8 “Would you discredit my justice?
Would you condemn me to justify yourself?
9 Do you have an arm like God’s,
and can your voice thunder like his?
10 Then adorn yourself with glory and splendor,
and clothe yourself in honor and majesty.
11 Unleash the fury of your wrath,
look at all who are proud and bring them low,
12 look at all who are proud and humble them,
crush the wicked where they stand.
13 Bury them all in the dust together;
shroud their faces in the grave.
14 Then I myself will admit to you
that your own right hand can save you
The New International Version (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011), Job 40:6–14.
Job 29:21-25 21 “People listened to me expectantly,
waiting in silence for my counsel.
22 After I had spoken, they spoke no more;
my words fell gently on their ears.
23 They waited for me as for showers
and drank in my words as the spring rain.
24 When I smiled at them, they scarcely believed it;
the light of my face was precious to them.
25 I chose the way for them and sat as their chief;
I dwelt as a king among his troops;
I was like one who comforts mourners.