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Who Is in Charge?
By Gordon MacDonald

"Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, 'Since God has made all this known to you, there is no one so discerning and wise as you. You shall be in charge of my palace, and all my people are to submit to your orders. Only with respect to the throne will I be greater than you.' ” Genesis 41:39-40

Egypt's number-one man was disquieted. He'd awakened from a series of disturbing dreams, and none of his magicians and wisemen (key people in that culture) could provide an adequate interpretation. This was a major crisis. The cup bearer suddenly remembered the day his dream had been corrected interpreted, and slipped the news about Joseph to the Pharaoh.

Notice how closely God pays attention to details. The man whom Joseph had helped in prison just happened to have the ear of the Pharaoh. Joseph's faithfulness in little things (while in a prison) provided a way for God to elevate Joseph into the position of leadership he had intended for him all along.

When Joseph appeared before the Pharaoh, it was not long before the meaning of the Pharaoh’s dreams became clear to him: There was to be seven years of economic abundance followed by seven years of economic disaster.

The Pharaoh understood the implications of this, and wisely appointed Joseph the economic "czar." It was Joseph’s job to create and implement the plan that would allow them to make the most of the years of prosperity in order to escape the worst effects of famine.

Pharaoh declared: “Since God has made all this known to you, there is no one so discerning and wise as you. You shall be in charge of my palace, and all my people are to submit to your orders. Only with respect to the throne will I be greater than you.”

A bitter, defeated, vengeful man would have told the Pharaoh to buzz off. Joseph had been scorned by his brothers, sold as a slave, falsely convicted as a rapist, forgotten and ignored in prison. But God sent me ahead of you. It was this deep, deep core of conviction--independent of all the up-and-down circumstances of life--that sustained Joseph. Because he trusted God and refused to be defeated in adversity, Joseph was uniquely qualified to save and change the lives of a nation.


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