Joseph in the Palace
In Genesis 47, we see that the Lord positioned Joseph in the palace of the Pharaoh. God created a vacancy for him. He was the only One who could interpret the Pharaoh’s dreams.
Warned about the famine through a divine word from the Lord, Joseph prepared stockpiles of grain to aid the people through the crisis. The Lord was the One who gave Joseph wisdom to understand the economic strategy that must be implemented so that Egypt could survive the famine.
Studying the accounts of Joseph, along with Daniel and Nehemiah, we see how the kings found favor towards them. Their relationships were more profound than that of an employer-employee relationship. These men were treated like trusted advisors.
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.
Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I am Pharaoh, but without your word, no one will lift hand or foot in all Egypt.” Pharaoh gave Joseph the name Zaphenath-Paneah and Asenath, daughter of Potiphera, priest of On, to be his wife. And Joseph went throughout the land of Egypt. (Genesis 41:41-45)
The Pharaoh Trusted Joseph
Do you see the trust the Pharaoh has placed upon Joseph? Can you see how much of the Pharaoh’s business he entrusted? The economic fate of Egypt rested in Joseph’s hands.
Joseph, a foreigner, was placed in charge of Egypt to prepare the nation for the famine that was to come. Imagine the influence that Joseph had in that land. God created a vacancy and positioned Joseph to fill it for His purposes.
Joseph was thirty years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh, king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from Pharaoh’s presence and traveled throughout Egypt. During the seven years of abundance, the land produced plentifully. Joseph collected all the food produced during those seven years of abundance in Egypt and stored it in the cities. In each city he put the food grown in the fields surrounding it. Joseph stored huge quantities of grain, like the sea sand; it was so much that he stopped keeping records because it was beyond measure. (Genesis 41:46-49)
God placed Joseph in a position of authority.
God transformed Joseph, a stranger, and an ex-convict, into a trusted advisor to the world’s most powerful man at the time. He was more than just a worker. He was the most trusted advisor to the Pharaoh. What about Joseph made a pharaoh feel he could entrust his life and kingdom to him? Spiritual energy is the type of energy that will enter your life as you bridge the gap between your profession and your purpose.
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