Luke 23:1-25; Genesis 41; Psalm 32
You know someone is great in today’s world because they make sure to let you know. Generally there are press releases, interviews on various talk radio outlets and television shows. Someone sets up a Facebook fan page. The Twitter-verse is chirping about them and their hashtag makes a sustained appearance on Twitter’s top ten trending topics of discussion; not just a fleeting appearance for a short time. By the time their autobiography is written, or ghost-written, you know you want to buy the book because this person is absolutely wonderful.
In short, humility is not a valued personality trait these days. I wonder then, if someone like Joseph could succeed in today’s world. You know Joseph: thrown into a pit then sold into slavery; falsely accused of attempted rape and thrown into prison. After telling a few people what their dreams meant where half the people liked his interpretation, he could have expected to be released from prison, but it didn’t happen. Finally, Pharaoh had a troubling dream and the survivor of Joseph’s interpretations mentioned Joseph’s gift and the next thing you know, Pharaoh was asking Joseph to interpret the dreams he had experienced. Joseph, instead of giving Pharaoh a trumped up resume said simply: “I cannot do it,” Joseph replied to Pharaoh, “but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires.”
As we know the story, Joseph was used by God to reveal the meaning of the dream. Pharaoh decided even before he had confirmation that the dream was true that not only had God used Joseph, but that Joseph should be elevated from prisoner to second in command immediately. Joseph, instead of using this new promotion to make sure everyone knew how great he was, continued to praise God and give Him the credit for all that had happened. I don’t know if I can add much to the story except to say that I wish I had that kind of humility. May we all learn to recognize that God is in charge no matter what the circumstances and praise Him as we deal with all of life’s problems. Truly, the blessing for Joseph was not the position he achieved; it was the relationship with the Lord of all things.