Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.
Genesis 41:41-43 (NIV)
So Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I hereby put you in charge of the whole land of Egypt.” Then Pharaoh took his signet ring from his finger and put it on Joseph’s finger. He dressed him in robes of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck. He had him ride in a chariot as his second-in-command, and people shouted before him, “Make way!” Thus he put him in charge of the whole land of Egypt.
Genesis 41:41-43 (MSG)
So Pharaoh commissioned Joseph: “I’m putting you in charge of the entire country of Egypt.” Then Pharaoh removed his signet ring from his finger and slipped it on Joseph’s hand. He outfitted him in robes of the best linen and put a gold chain around his neck. He put the second-in-command chariot at his disposal, and as he rode people shouted “Bravo!” Joseph was in charge of the entire country of Egypt.
“Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you [in charge] over all the land of Egypt.” Then Pharaoh took off his signet ring from his hand and put it on Joseph’s hand, and dressed him in [official] vestments of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck. He had him ride in his second chariot; and runners proclaimed before him, “[Attention,] bow the knee!” And he set him over all the land of Egypt.” -AMPLIFIED
Joseph has been elevated to second in command to Pharaoh; from prisoner to vizier. The vizier was basically the Prime Minister to that day; a high level trusted steward. Joseph had the responsibility of supervising the running of Egypt. The vizier was often the signet or seal bearer; as we can see in Joseph’s case; for he was handed Pharaoh’s ring. Some think that Joseph’s new job would have also included the supervision and security of Pharaoh and his palace. Here he is, basically a perfect stranger to Pharaoh, but he has been given a position of high and trusted authority. This could not have happened, but for the fact that God was with Joseph.
As has been mentioned, Joseph has become a glorified, high-level, trusted steward. How like God to place him in a position that he has much familiarity with; for that was what he was working in Potiphar’s house for many years. God was preparing and training Joseph at that time to take up these responsibilities. Isn’t God amazing?
We do not use that word steward much today, but at one time in history it was very familiar. Stewards were those who managed another’s property, a care-taker, or an overseer. The usually oversaw the complete running of a household; in this case it was a country. This would include, but not be limited to: property affairs, financial affairs, the directing of servants or workers, the buying and selling of food and wares. Phew! That sounds like a lot of responsibility!
The Apostle Paul encourage the Corinthian church to look at their leaders and teachers as servants/steward. He encourages them with these words, “People should think of us as servants of Christ and managers who are entrusted with God’s mysteries. Managers are required to be trustworthy.” 1 Corinthians 4:1-2 (GW)
Even Jesus compared us to servants in His parable in Matthew 25:14-30. The Parable of the Talents shares the story of the Master going away and leaving three trusted servants in charge; to one he gave five talents, to another two and to the last one talent. The Master expected his servants to use what he had given them wisely and the first two did, but the last servant took his talent and buried it in the ground. We find that when the Master returned the first two servants were praised and rewarded for what they had done with what he had given them. The last servant was reprimanded and punished for doing absolutely nothing with what he had been given.
What about us? Will we be found to be faithful stewards of what God has given us when we stand face-to-face with Him one day? “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” –Luke 12:48b (NIV)
Lord, help me to be a faithful steward for you. Help me to do my very best, giving 100%; so that you may be glorified in my life. Forgive me when I may not have the best attitude and remind me of the need to shine my light in this dark world for your glory and honor. I want to hear those words one day, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” I want to be one of those faithful one’s! Help me, please!