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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Isaiah 30:18 Therefore the LORD is waiting to show you mercy, and is rising up to show you compassion, for the LORD is a just God. All who wait patiently for him are happy. (CSB)
Matthew 14:29 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter answered him, “command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” And climbing out of the boat, Peter started walking on the water and came toward Jesus. (CSB)
Matthew 14:19, 20 Then he commanded the crowds to sit down on the grass. He took the five loaves and the two fish, looking up to heaven, he blessed them. He broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. Everyone ate and was satisfied. They picked up twelve baskets full of leftover pieces. (CSB)