Genesis 41:12,15,16,28-31,39-41 “Now a Hebrew youth was with us there, a servant of the captain of the bodyguard, and we related them to him, and he interpreted our dreams for us. To each one he interpreted according to his own dream… Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I have had a dream, but no one can interpret it; and I have heard it said about you, that when you hear a dream you can interpret it.” Joseph then answered Pharaoh, saying, “It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh a favorable answer”… “It is as I have spoken to Pharaoh: God has shown to Pharaoh what He is about to do. “Behold, seven years of great abundance are coming in all the land of Egypt; and after them seven years of famine will come, and all the abundance will be forgotten in the land of Egypt, and the famine will ravage the land. “So the abundance will be unknown in the land because of that subsequent famine; for it will be very severe… So Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has informed you of all this, there is no one so discerning and wise as you are. “You shall be over my house, and according to your command all my people shall do homage; only in the throne I will be greater than you.” Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.”

Talk about a windfall gain and Joseph comes to mind. From the dark pit of a dungeon to the throne of Egypt, Joseph saw it all happen in a couple of hours!

When such miraculous events are reported, it seems easy for us to scoff at them as just fables and ignore them but one has to remember that this same story is in the Bible, the Torah and the Quran with slight changes.

What is God speaking to us through the life of Joseph and is there such hope for us too?

Joseph was not born into a royalty, cheated of it and brought back into it. He was born a Hebrew, an outsider to the Egyptians, was raised as a shepherd, sold into slavery to the Ishmaelites, sold to an Egyptian and finally is set to rule Egypt as 2nd in charge after the Pharaoh himself.

The life story of Joseph may not seem that of most Christians you and I meet in the physical world but it is in a spiritual sense.

When we believe in Jesus Christ as our only Lord and Savior, we are ‘reborn’ into a new being, filled with God’s Holy Spirit and used for His glory.

This transformation is instant and lasts an eternity. God takes our broken, useless bodies and transforms it into one that brings Him all glory and honor.

In worldly terms, we may not gain sudden riches and honor but in spiritual terms we are rich for the creator of the world now graces us with His loving presence and promises us eternity in His presence, a reward that is beyond any other.

Are you weary and heavy laden with the troubles of this life? Do you feel like you are in the pits of life’s dungeons? Call on Jesus right now and ask Him into your life and experience the joy of the Lord that will fill your heart, mind and soul.

I pray today that you and I will experience God’s transforming love like Joseph did and that we will live to give Jesus glory as He carries us on the wings of salvation to an eternity in His presence.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Isaiah 40:31 But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint

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Comments
  1. Ann says:

    “In worldly terms, we may not gain sudden riches and honor but in spiritual terms we are rich for the creator of the world now graces us with His loving presence and promises us eternity in His presence, a reward that is beyond any other.”

    What more could we ask for?

    The hills and valleys of this life will be nothing in comparison to the joy of being in His presence eternally!

    Thanks for reminding us.

    Blessings,
    ann

    • ServantBoy says:

      Hi Ann,
      Thank you for sharing that hope and vision of eternity and yes, that is the greatest joy. I’ve seen in my life great riches and desperate poverty and in neither have I seen the hope that Christ gives. Perfect health and lack of it is also not evidence of Christ in us because I’ve know great people of Christ suffer and glorify God through suffering much more than those who are fully able. Joseph’s life was evidence of God’s faithfulness and Joseph’s sincerity in his walk with God. Sorry for the silence but I’ve been a bit caught up with work and chores at home that I’ve not been constant over the last 2 days. Hope all is well with you?
      In Christ,
      Vineet

    • ServantBoy says:

      Hi Ann,
      Thanks for suggesting that I visit Linda’s blog post. It certainly spoke the same truth about our only hope and I praise God that He works through His children to speak His truth to the world in a way that give Him alone glory.
      In Christ,
      Vineet

  2. Vineet, Joseph chose to believe that it was God who provided the interpretation of dreams, and that belief brought him wealth and power in an instant. And yes, we do in an instant go from spiritual poverty to spiritual wealth when we choose to believe in Christ. What a wonderful truth! Peace, Linda

    • ServantBoy says:

      Hi Linda,
      Yes, Joseph certainly saw the fruit of being faithful and God reward was beyond imagination. The challenge for us is to see the blessing in richness as in poverty because even when Joseph was in the pits of the dungeon, we could see God’s faithfulness to him in the way he was lifted among his peers and found favor among his captors. I pray that whether my life be in shackles or in palaces, I will never forget God who saved and transformed me into His image and has placed in me the joy to glorify Him all the days of my life. Neither the heights or depths of this world should shake my faith in my maker, the Lord Jesus Christ.
      In Christ,
      Vineet

  3. Debbie says:

    I loved how you showed us we were like Joseph! 🙂 Oh yes! I was ready to die, to commit suicide, in a dungeon of my own making. Then came Jesus . . .and I experienced joy and love like I never knew before. Going from dreading each day to being excited about what each day may bring is a tremendous reward! God bless you and the eternal riches that you so gladly share here!

    • ServantBoy says:

      Hi Deb,
      I wish I was the one who with great intellect deciphered this but the truth is that God reveals these things to us through his word and just like your poems, we are just conduits of His wisdom to the seeking world. Thank you for always being a source of great inspiration to me and other bloggers and thank you for your beautiful poems that are soaked in His love.
      In Christ,
      Vineet

  4. I loved this post! It made me think of some of the words to the hymn “And Can It Be That I Should Gain”:

    “Long my imprisoned spirit lay,
    Fast bound in sin and nature’s night;
    Thine eye diffused a quickening ray-
    I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
    My chains fell off, my heart was free,
    I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.
    My chains fell off, my heart was free,
    I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.”

    Thank you so much for sharing it.

    Theresa

    • ServantBoy says:

      Hi Theresa,
      How apt those words are from that beautiful song…I remember it from my childhood days when I went to a presbyterian church in India and this was one of our choir master’s favorites 🙂 The great freedom we experience when the Lord sets us free from the shackles of sin are beyond anything life can ever give us and I praise God every time I remember my sinful past and my reformed present and the joyous future I have in Christ. Thank you for honoring this blog with your comment. God bless you and yours as you continue to serve Him faithfully.
      In Christ,
      Vineet

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