Day 3 - Genesis 41:14-16, 37-44

God’s Delays are Not His Denials

The gap between God’s promises and fulfillment can sometimes feel long. Joseph’s story reminds us that every season eventually ends. God’s delays are not His denials. The Lord gave Joseph dreams of ruling. Right after he received those promises, he was sold into slavery and then landed in prison for years. Sometimes waiting seasons are long, but they do eventually end. During his prison season, Joseph interpreted a dream for a fellow inmate and asked him to tell Pharaoh about him when he was released. I wonder if the next day Joseph considered a possible release. Instead, two years passed, but then Pharaoh had a dream and the man remembered Joseph.

41:14 So Pharaoh sent for Joseph, and he was quickly brought from the dungeon. When he had shaved and changed his clothes, he came before Pharaoh.

15 Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I had a dream, and no one can interpret it. But I have heard it said of you that when you hear a dream you can interpret it.”

16 “I cannot do it,” Joseph replied to Pharaoh, “but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires.”

Joseph’s time of preparation had led him to this day. He stood before the ruler of Egypt who was worshipped as a god and declared that his Hebrew God - Yahweh - would deliver the answer. His audacity and boldness came from years of faithfully trusting God through the detours of his life. He recognized his need for God in the small and the big things that happened.

Where do you need to recognize your need for God’s wisdom in your life right now?

Whether Joseph was doing laundry in a prison or standing in front of important men, He depended on the Lord. In the same way, God longs for each of us to recognize our need for Him. He uses preparation seasons to develop our dependence on Him so that we will be ready when he calls us to a bigger platform. Joseph prayed and the Lord revealed Pharaoh’s dream and the interpretation. When Joseph suggested that grain be stored for the upcoming seven years of plenty to prepare for seven years of famine, Pharaoh quickly identified the man to oversee the food program.

41:37 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.”

41 So Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I hereby put you in charge of the whole land of Egypt.” 42 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. 43 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.

44 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I am Pharaoh, but without your word no one will lift hand or foot in all Egypt.”

Joseph’s years of training had prepared him for this moment. The Lord had never forgotten about him or his dreams. God also knows just what He is doing in your life today. Whether you are in a season of preparation or platform, God longs to be your source of wisdom. His delays in your life are not His denials.

How does it encourage you to know that the season you are in right now won’t last forever? What do you think God wants you to learn before you move on to the next milestone?

Whether yours is a time of celebration or consternation, know that it won’t last. Your children will grow up. Your position at work might change. God may move you across the country. No matter what happens in your circumstances, God’s promises will always be fulfilled. However, it will happen on His timetable rather than ours.

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