In today’s passage we see the height of the great famine that God said would come. It has reached all the nations around Egypt and now even the people in Egypt are hit hard. Their money has run out and they are forced to sell everything they have to Pharaoh in order that they might survive. It is in the midst of this great calamity that we find Joseph. Joseph continually shows the wisdom and leadership skills God has given him as he deals with this famine. We also see how God used his life to impact thousands of others because he was continually faithful to The Lord throughout his life. Joseph was faithful to God when he had nothing, when everything had been stripped away and he was in prison. Now we see Joseph being faithful with much: much responsibility and much influence over people he could have easily exploited and not shown grace to.
Of course Joseph could have simply given them the food instead of charging them for it, but I think this also shows Joseph’s wisdom in that he allowed the people to keep their dignity and ability to provide for themselves. This would be something they would need to be successful in the future. Had that been stripped away they would have likely been a perpetual strain on their own country and thus make things worse for themselves.
In thinking about Joseph’s life today I am reminded of what Jesus said in Luke 12:48b:
Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.
Jesus clearly told us how to live until He comes: we are to seek to glorify Him in everything, work diligently, and obey His commands. This is especially true for leaders, which all of us are in some capacity. The more wisdom, understanding, resources, and talents we have, the more we are responsible to use them for His glory and to influence others for Christ.
So, the question I will leave you with today is: How are you using the talents, resources, and leadership roles God has placed you in to influence others for Christ?
By: Matt Mofield