Focal Passage: Genesis 41:15-21, 33-40
While I was in seminary I worked at UPS, and while I was proud to wear the golden shield, I was miserable in my work.
During the day I was training for ministry, trying to master the skills I would need to take the gospel to wherever the Lord might send me.
At night, I was daily missing the chance to put those skills to the test by ministering to my lost coworkers.
My heart was not in the right place, and when opportunity knocked I was not listening.
Thankfully, we have a better example in the life of Joseph.
Joseph never missed the truth regarding his circumstances.
He knew God was sovereign and that no matter what there was always an opportunity to do God’s work.
He had been given an audience with Pharaoh for such a time as this, to rely on God’s wisdom to interpret Pharaoh’s dream and prepare for the famine that was to come. As a result, God exalted him to a place of great prominence to accomplish the task set before him. In doing this he would provide not only for the nation of Egypt, but for Jacob and his people as well, through whom God would send the Messiah.
Psalm 139:16 says, “In Your book were all written the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them.”
In whatever circumstance you find yourself, God is not surprised. He has so ordained that you be where you are that you might glorify Him in Christ by spreading the gospel to the lost around you and by displaying the love of Christ through acts of service to all.
Rely on His wisdom, wisdom found in the Bible, and trust that if He has called you to the task, He will give you all that you need to accomplish it.