Embrace God's Dealings And Express His Influence
By Pastor Michael Olawore
New Wine Church, London
Scripture Reading: Genesis 41: 37- 40 (NIV)
5th February - 11th February, 2018
'The plan seemed good to Pharaoh and to all his officials. So Pharaoh asked them, “Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom is the spirit of God?” 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.”
Our Scripture reading today is a culmination of what had been happening in Joseph’s life for about 13 years, from the time when the Bible first spoke of Joseph’s dreams. The passage narrates the last few moments of Joseph’s bondage as a slave and a prisoner in Egypt. It is important to note that Joseph was a great-grandson of Abraham, and so he was entitled to the promises that God had made to Abraham concerning Abraham’s seed. This promise was actually the basis for Joseph’s phenomenal destiny, despite his initial setbacks.
Today, believers in Jesus are also Abraham’s seed (Galatians 3: 9), and our destiny is sealed in Christ Jesus (Colossians 3: 3). Therefore, we can rest assured that God is willing and able to shine His light and divine influence through us because we have become children of God (John 1: 12).
In order to radiate God’s influence to the world around us, it is important to embrace His “dealings”. The Bible tells us clearly that the dealings of God are not always pleasant or easy to experience (Hebrews 12: 11). It is clear from the Bible, that the individuals who walked with God sometimes encountered challenges and adversity in their lives- Abraham, Joseph, David, Esther, Daniel, the three Hebrew Boys, Paul the Apostle, and even our Lord Jesus Christ. However, such challenges are able to produce fruits of righteousness and peace! This is why the Apostles learned to rejoice in the face of trials (Romans 5: 3, James 1: 2 and 1 Peter 1: 6- 7).
In our main Scripture passage, we see that even though Joseph had previously suffered for 13 years as a slave and as a prisoner in Egypt, in this instance, Joseph’s advice seemed good to Pharaoh, and Pharaoh made him prime minister of all Egypt. Pharaoh and his men were the physical expression of Joseph’s influence (verse 40- 43). This means that our negative circumstances are simply opportunities for God’s light to shine through us. We can summarise it like this: “just like diamonds found in the depths of the earth under intense pressure, divine influence often occurs through the medium of negative circumstances!”
I encourage you to submit to God’s dealings; the end-result is always positive and beneficial. Here are some essential attitudes to adopt in submission to God’s dealings:
(a) Seek God’s will in every circumstance (Matthew 6: 33). It was Joseph’s awareness of God’s counsel that kept him from Mrs. Potiphar’s temptation.
(b) Stay aware of God’s master plan, and expect to see the good in every circumstance (Romans 8:28).
(c) Keep your eyes on Jesus, and continue to serve others. As we keep our eyes on Him, we receive the strength to continue to be a blessing to those around us (Hebrews 12: 1- 3).
When we embrace the dealings of God, we are empowered to exercise divine influence; like refined diamonds…!
For further study:
Galatians 3:9, John 1:12
Hebrews 12:11, Hebrews 12:1- 3
Romans 5:3, 1 Peter 1: 6- 7
Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, I thank You for Your Word which never fails. You have assured me of Your presence with me even in difficult circumstances, and today, I put my faith in Your love and Your promises. I ask for Your grace to keep my eyes on You, and I receive Your wisdom that will enable me walk in victory and radiate Your influence to the world around me. Thank You Lord, in Jesus’ Name. Amen!
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