September 23rd, 2019
It is Not in Me
Genesis 41:14-16 (KJB) Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon: and he shaved himself, and changed his raiment, and came in unto Pharaoh. 15 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I have dreamed a dream, and there is none that can interpret it: and I have heard say of thee, that thou canst understand a dream to interpret it. 16 And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, It is not in me: God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace.
Joseph was called by Pharaoh and delivered before him from the depths of his prison cell. The men who retrieved him made sure he was cleanly shaven and clothed respectively to be presented before Pharaoh.
Interesting, finally the Pharaoh had heard of Joseph’s ability to interpret dreams.
However, Joseph stopped right there upon hearing this statement about his abilities from Pharoah, giving all the glory to God for this keen ability to understand the meaning of dreams.
Isn’t it often tempting to forgo giving the glory to God and honor to God and instead allowing such praise to be heaped upon us and allow it to build us up?
Not with Joseph, he was quick to stop the Pharaoh’s praise for his abilities and place it where it belongs with God, saying “it is not in me to interpret dreams,”
King Nebuchadnezzar, on the other hand, chose to hold onto the glory meant for God by accepting praise and patting himself on the back for a job well done. Because of clinging to misplaced praise and his growing ego, this king faced great personal destruction for the divine purpose of humbling him to a proper place before God.
Joseph remained humble before God and man and God was able to use this talent.
What kind of talent, ability, or high mark have you achieved because of the power and presence of God at work in your life? Take a moment to stop and praise God for His power and presence at work so grandly in your life all for His honor and recognition in knowing any praise and glory rightly belongs to God. Like Joseph, allow God to work in you and through you for changing this world!