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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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.