Friday, August 24, 2012

God's Abilities

Genesis 41:1-16

Joseph's story is full of injustice, pain, and hope.  While we will not have the exact same experiences as Joseph, we could probably say the same for our own stories.  We have all experienced pain - both physical and emotional.  We have all experienced some sort of injustice.  And I am certain that at some point we have all experienced hope.  If you are in Christ, you have definitely experienced the best hope there is - hope in Christ.  I am continuing to look at Joseph's story where I left off yesterday.  Joseph was still in prison and helped interpret the dream of the chief cup bearer.  Afterwards, he asked the cup bearer to remember him and mention him to Pharaoh but we are told in Genesis 40 that the cup bearer forgot him.  That is where our story picks up today; please read Genesis 41:1-16.

The Pharaoh had two dreams that disturbed him greatly and couldn't find anyone to interpret them for him.  He knew that they had a meaning and continued to pursue the meaning.  At that moment, the cup bearer remembered Joseph and remembered that he had failed to follow through with telling Pharaoh about him.  Keep in mind that Joseph was in prison and completely unaware what was happening in Pharaoh's court.  He had been left there another two years since the cup bearer was restored to his position.  So, imagine what it must have been like for Joseph to be summoned to Pharaoh's court after being in prison so many years.  We are told in these verses that Joseph was cleaned up before appearing before Pharaoh.

Joseph was very humble and very wise and let Pharaoh know that he personally didn't have the ability to interpret the dream, but that God was the one who could tell Pharaoh the dream.  Once again, I am amazed at his total reliance on God and his recognition that it was God's ability and not his own to do what was asked.  When we can acknowledge that it is through Christ that we can do anything, we show God's glory when the job is done.  This attitude also keeps us humble, which keeps us from stumbling in so many other ways.  We can do what we can do because of God - and then when we know we are being asked to do something beyond our abilities we can rest assured knowing that God can do it and He will empower us to complete what has been put before us.

Do you trust in God's abilities?

This post is linked with Faith Filled Friday.

2 comments:

  1. Joseph has always been a favorite, and I love the point you make: a good attitude keeps us humble, and that keeps us from stumbling. Great point, Sharon!

    Linking up from Faith Filled Friday,
    Susan

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, Susan! Now if I can just continue to remember Christ throughout my day...that would keep me humble!

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