Daily D – Genesis 41:38
Genesis 41:38 So Pharaoh asked his officials, “Can we find anyone else like this man so obviously filled with the spirit of God?” (NLT)
Your key differentiator as a leader is neither your education nor your experience. What sets you apart from ten thousand others is how fully God is able to express himself through you.
Pharaoh was looking for someone who could serve and save his country. There was only one man for the job. That man
* had been sold into slavery by his brothers
* had performed so well as a slave that he was placed in complete authority over the household of a significant leader
* had so well managed a prison that the warden had nothing to do
* had so well interpreted dreams that he ended up in front of Pharaoh in a moment that would shift the sands of time forever
This is the point in the story when I get to ask, “And what are your plans for today?”
Leaders can feel guilty when they read about guys like Joseph and Daniel, Deborah and Priscilla. Comparison feels good when we compare ourselves to our subpar peers, but these leaders are truly incomparable.
Leaders, God can and will use us in significant ways when we prepare day by day for that moment when God wants to put his power on display.
How yielded to the will and ways of God are you?
How open are you to a seismic shift in your leadership capacity?
How prepared are you should the spotlight fall on you today providing you with the concentrated focus demanding evidence of God’s good, pleasing, and perfect will? (See Romans 12:1, 2.)
God-led leaders are humble and God-confident. God is Big and they are small. Take a look at verse 16:
“It is beyond my power to do this,” Joseph replied. “But God can tell you what it means and set you at ease.”
If your idea of leadership is how Big you are, you have the wrong god.
When the going got tough, Pharaoh sent everyone to Joseph.
Eventually, however, the famine spread throughout the land of Egypt as well.
And when the people cried out to Pharaoh for food, he told them, “Go to Joseph, and do whatever he tells you.”
Clear evidence of a God-yielded soul leads to God-empowered leadership that benefits everyone. It is the Abraham Rule again. God blessed Joseph to bless the whole world.
Spoiler alert: Take a glance at the end of this story.
“You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good.
He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.”
Today is a good day to give God more ground in your soul. It’s a good day to break down any remaining walls, to open any closed doors, to allow God’s Spirit to blow fresh wind through the cobwebbed halls of your life, to allow God’s fire to warm up your heart and to enlighten your mind.
You can lean on who you have become, or you can lean into who God wants you to be. We live in a world ready for another Joseph or Daniel, Deborah or Priscilla. Be that man. Be that woman. Be that leader our world longs for.
I will give God free rein in my life to do whatever he wants to bless whomever he wants through me.
Our Father, thank you for Hebrews 11 leaders. Thank you for those who led with integrity and character, who yielded their lives to you. You blessed the whole world through them. You bless our world today through the ongoing lessons of their lives. Empower us and use us as you used them. This old word needs this kind of leadership. Amen.
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Daily D – Psalm 143:8-10
Psalm 143:8-10 Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you. Rescue me from my enemies, Lord; I run to you to hide me. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.
Daily D – Psalm 142:5
Psalm 142:5 Then I pray to you, O Lord. I say, “You are my place of refuge. You are all I really want in life.”
Daily D – Ezra 3:11-13
Ezra 3:11-13 With praise and thanks, they sang this song to the Lord: “He is so good! His faithful love for Israel endures forever!” Then all the people gave a great shout, praising the Lord because the foundation of the Lord’s Temple had been laid. But many of the older priests, Levites, and other leaders who had seen the first Temple wept aloud when they saw the new Temple’s foundation. The others, however, were shouting for joy. The joyful shouting and weeping mingled together in a loud noise that could be heard far in the distance.
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 35:22-25
2 Chronicles 35:22-25 After Josiah had finished restoring the Temple, King Neco of Egypt led his army up from Egypt to do battle at Carchemish on the Euphrates River, and Josiah and his army marched out to fight him. But King Neco sent messengers to Josiah with this message: “What do you want with me, king of Judah? I have no quarrel with you today! I am on my way to fight another nation, and God has told me to hurry! Do not interfere with God, who is with me, or he will destroy you.” But Josiah refused to listen to Neco, to whom God had indeed spoken, and he would not turn back. Instead, he disguised himself and led his army into battle on the plain of Megiddo. But the enemy archers hit King Josiah with their arrows and wounded him. He cried out to his men, “Take me from the battle, for I am badly wounded!”
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 32:31
2 Chronicles 32:31 However, when ambassadors arrived from Babylon to ask about the remarkable events that had taken place in the land, God withdrew from Hezekiah in order to test him and to see what was really in his heart.