Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.
Genesis 41:25-27 (NIV)
Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, “The dreams of Pharaoh are one and the same. God has revealed to Pharaoh what he is about to do. The seven good cows are seven years, and the seven good heads of grain are seven years; it is one and the same dream. The seven lean, ugly cows that came up afterward are seven years, and so are the seven worthless heads of grain scorched by the east wind: They are seven years of famine.
Genesis 41:25-27 (MSG)
Joseph said to Pharaoh, “Pharaoh’s two dreams both mean the same thing. God is telling Pharaoh what he is going to do. The seven healthy cows are seven years and the seven healthy ears of grain are seven years—they’re the same dream. The seven sick and ugly cows that followed them up are seven years and the seven scrawny ears of grain dried out by the east wind are the same—seven years of famine.
“Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, “The [two] dreams are one [and the same and have one interpretation]; God has shown Pharaoh what He is about to do. The seven good cows are seven years, and the seven good ears are seven years; the [two] dreams are one [and the same]. The seven thin and ugly cows that came up after them are seven years; and also the seven thin ears, dried up and scorched by the east wind, they are seven years of famine and hunger.”
The Dreamer stands before the great and mighty Pharaoh, ready to be used by God to interpreter the dreams of this powerful king. Remember where Joseph has just come from, a prison, and consider whom he is standing before, Pharaoh, the great and mighty, powerful ruler of the land. One false word or move and Joseph’s life could be over, but Joseph realizes that God has put him in this place for this moment. (Joseph’s testimony is similar to Queen Esther’s eye-opening experience. He too could say he had been placed in this position for such a time as this!)
Many of us need the reminder that God will use us in the place that we are in for His glory. We need to stop wishing we were somewhere else or in different circumstances. Instead, we should be looking for the opportunities that God has made available for us in the place that we are in, so that we can bring glory and honor to His name.
Joseph has informed the king that God will give the meanings of the dreams; that he is just the vessel that will be used to pass the message on. So Pharaoh shares his dream with Joseph. After the re-telling Joseph once again reminds Pharaoh that these dreams were from God; for we see Joseph saying “God has revealed to Pharaoh what he is about to do.” Joseph begins to give God’s message to the king.
“As I told Pharaoh, God is showing Pharaoh what He means to do and what will come. There will be seven years of great abundance throughout all the land of Egypt. But after that, there will be seven years of famine. Whatever abundance was once enjoyed will be totally forgotten, because the famine will consume the land. The famine will be so severe that no one will know what it is like to have enough of anything. The doubling of Pharaoh’s dream means this future is fixed by God, and He will make it happen very soon.” -Genesis 41:28-32 (VOICE)
Not only did Joseph give Pharaoh the interpretation, but he felt led to give this supreme leader some good godly advice. “My advice is that Pharaoh should select someone who is wise and discerning and put him in charge of the land of Egypt during this time. Pharaoh should appoint officers over the land and direct them to take one-fifth of all that the land of Egypt produces during the seven abundant years, gather it together, store it up, and guard it under Pharaoh’s authority. That way each city will have a supply of food. The food would then be held in reserve for the people during the seven years of famine that are sure to come to Egypt. In this way, the people of Egypt will not starve to death during the famine.” -Genesis 41:33-36 (VOICE)
Joseph had learned to wait patiently on the Lord. He had also learned the importance of obedience. When God said speak, he spoke. When God said act, Joseph did as God instructed him to do. Joseph was a willing, obedient vessel. Can each of us say the same about ourselves? Have you learned to be content to wait upon the Lord? Have you learned to be a willing, obedient vessel to the Lord? Are you looking for the opportunities in your circumstances to bring glory and honor to His name?
Lord, help me to be a willing, obedient vessel. I want to see you work in my life in amazing ways. Help me to have your spiritual eyes to see the opportunities you place in my life on a daily basis to bring glory and honor to your name. Let me find my strength and courage in you to do the hard, difficult, and challenging things that come my way. Do not let me give in to fear and discouragement; for I know that those are tricks of the Enemy. Have your way in my life, Lord; use me!