This week at youth we continued diving into the life of Joseph. We quickly recapped Joseph 39, where Joseph moves from being Potiphar’s slave to wrongfully being put in prison. Joseph was such a beautiful example of trusting in the Lord’s sovereignty and living by faith through hardship and persecution.
Next, we covered Genesis 40 where we see the interactions between Joseph and two men (Chief Cupbearer and Chief Baker) from Pharaoh’s office that he had sentenced to prison. Through these interactions, Joseph gets the opportunity to interpret their dreams. He accurately interprets the Chief Cupbearer’s dream with only one request: that when he was returned to office, he would remember Joseph because he was wrongfully accused. Joseph’s interpretation of the Chief Cupbearer being restored to office was accurate but unfortunately the Cupbearer forgot all about him.
Two years later, Pharaoh has a dream that he cannot find anyone in the land to interpret. Suddenly, the Chief Cupbearer remembers Joseph’s ability to interpret dreams from his time in prison and tells Pharaoh. Pharaoh releases Joseph from prison and asks him to interpret his dream.
Joseph responds to this situation in a couple of amazing ways. First, we must keep in mind that Joseph has just spent roughly ten years between being Potiphar’s slave and being in prison. Yet, he does not let his circumstances affect his faith in the Lord’s sovereignty and provision. This allowed him to truly live in the humility of his weakness.
- 2 Corinthians 12:9 “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weakness so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ then, I am content with weakness, insults hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Through this humility, Joseph understood he did not need to be sufficient on his own and recognized that the Lord is how and why all of our good works are taking place. In this stance of humility he was able to respond to Pharaoh in Genesis 41:16 “Joseph answered Pharaoh, ‘It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh a favorable answer’”. Joseph recognized God’s absolute authority in his life, that the Lord provides and equips us in all situations. Joseph exemplifies the truth that we can rest and have peace – in all situations – that He is in control and equips us. Our Father is completely sovereign and works all things for our good and His glory. Hallelujah!
- How does our weakness allow us to step into our God given strength?
- In our insufficiencies, what does it look like to be dependent on the Lord daily?
- How does recognizing his authority and provision allow us to further our understanding of our identity as His sons and daughters?