Today’s scripture reading: Genesis 40: 1-23; Genesis 35: 28-29; Genesis 41:1-57
Sometime later (Gen 40:1) + quite some time (Gen. 40:4) + two full years (Gen. 41:1) = a l-o-n-g time!
In Genesis 37, we are told Joseph was seventeen years old when he was sold by his brothers. From the sources that I checked, he was approximately 30 years old when he got out of prison. THIRTEEN YEARS!
Just think about Joseph waking up that final morning. It was like any other morning.
He went through his same routine, was just doing his job, when in an instant—it was all over.
Can you imagine the thoughts that were running through his head as he was shaving to go before Pharaoh?
I wonder if he had lost hope of getting out of that prison.
He probably thought the cupbearer had forgotten him…
…He probably thought God had forgotten him.
One of the many things that amaze me about Joseph is his commitment to excellence. Yes, God was with him but Joseph could have missed his destiny by having a bad attitude, but he didn’t. He did a great job without a salary, a day off, or any future hope of getting out; because it was the right thing to do!
Not only did he do the right thing, he said the right thing! In Genesis 40:8, Joseph says to the cup-bearer and the baker, “Interpreting dreams is God’s business.” Then in Genesis 41:16 he told Pharaoh, “It is beyond my power to do this. But God can tell you what it means and set you at ease.”
Wow, thirteen years made a big difference!
No longer was Joseph a self-righteous, self-vindicating teenager. Now wisdom so exuded from Joseph’s countenance that Pharaoh was willing to turn his whole kingdom over to him after brief conversation. But it’s like Pharaoh said, “Can we find anyone like this man so obviously filled with the Spirit of God?” (Genesis 41:38)
Somewhere in those thirteen years change occurred.
I love R.T. Kendall’s commentary on this chapter:
“If God puts his finger on you, it is enough to change you, your family, your church—even a nation and the world. The highest compliment a man can ever have is to be tapped on the shoulder by God. When that happens wonderful things are at hand. Yet, when that happens it means that a time of preparation is also at hand.”
Joseph had thirteen years of preparation and then in one day God moved him into the role planned just for him. In Jeremiah 29:11, God tells us he has plans for us, just like Joseph.
No, we may not be the second in command of a nation and saving the Jewish race, but God is preparing each of us for what he made us for; so get excited!
Today could be the day you’re called upon to do what the God of the Universe made you for!
Don’t miss it!
And if you have to wait another day; follow Joseph’s example and live today with excellence!
Thanking God for the opportunity to serve Him!
Tomorrow’s scripture reading: January 16: Genesis 42: 1-45:15