A Refining Fire

A Refining Fire

33 “And now let Pharaoh look for a discerning and wise man and put him in charge of the land of Egypt. 34 Let Pharaoh appoint commissioners over the land to take a fifth of the harvest of Egypt during the seven years of abundance. 35 They should collect all the food of these good years that are coming and store up the grain under the authority of Pharaoh, to be kept in the cities for food. 36 This food should be held in reserve for the country, to be used during the seven years of famine that will come upon Egypt, so that the country may not be ruined by the famine.”

37 The plan seemed good to Pharaoh and to all his officials. 38 So Pharaoh asked them, “Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom is the spirit of God?”

39 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has made all this known to you, there is no one so discerning and wise as you. 40 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 41:33-40

Not only did Joseph interpret the Pharoah’s dream for him but he counseled him in how to do it. Then Pharoah praised Joseph on his wisdom. It must have been overwhelming for Joseph. A few days before he was in a dungeon rotting away. Now he was the subject of praise by the supreme ruler of the land.

Joseph could have complained when the cupbearer didn’t mention Joseph rotting away. As it stood, though, he seemed to have greater impact because of where he had been when the cupbearer mentioned it to Pharoah.

This is finally a new day for Joseph. He didn’t earn the recognition except by his obedience. Had he gotten the dream wrong or not to the Pharoah’s liking, he probably would have been thrown back into the dungeon (or worse).

I just know that God has you where He needs you to be. You may want to wish God would speed up the refining process, but that would not serve His purposes. No grumbling. No complaining. No opting out for an easier life.

Joseph would not be Joseph if he had stayed with his family and tending to family business. Instead, he was forced into something he didn’t want to do with no guarantee of getting out of it alive. He just had to come to the end of himself while in that dungeon. 

He recognized that God is God, and he wasn’t. 

Every day. 

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