Then Pharaoh sent and called for Joseph, and they hurriedly brought him out of the dungeon.
Whenever you are in a time of waiting, remember this: God is working not only in you, but He is also working in other people who will play a part in your future. That’s what God was doing for Joseph. Genesis 41:1 says, “Now it happened at the end of two full years that Pharaoh had a dream.” Joseph had never met Pharaoh, yet he was about to play a big part in Joseph’s future.
Some people think God can work only in the lives of believers, but God can work in a non-Christian to accomplish His purpose. Proverbs 21:1 says, “The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord; He turns it wherever He wishes.” Maybe you have a non-Christian boss. Maybe you are married to an unbelieving spouse. Maybe your parents are not yet Christians. Don’t despair; their faithlessness is no match for God’s faithfulness. God can work in anyone to accomplish His purpose. And that’s what God was doing with Pharaoh. He gave Pharaoh a dream.
In one dream Pharaoh saw seven fat cows standing in the Nile River, and then seven skinny cows devoured the seven healthy cows. Then he had another dream. In this one seven ears of grain came up and were consumed by seven sickly ears of grain. Genesis 41:8 says, “Now in the morning his spirit was troubled.” Some Christians say if we are ever troubled about anything, that comes from Satan. That’s not true. Sometimes God troubles us, especially when things are not right in our relationship with Him. So God troubled Pharaoh through his dreams.
Pharaoh called for the soothsayers to interpret the dreams, but no one could do it. Then the cupbearer said, “When I was in prison I met this guy named Joseph who specializes in dreams. Maybe he could interpret your dream.” Notice what happens in verse 14: “Then Pharaoh sent and called for Joseph.” The ruler over Egypt humbled himself to the point of asking a Hebrew slave to interpret his dream.
Sometimes God places us in a situation where we can be witnesses for Christ, but we think, “They’ve got money and success. They would never respond to the gospel.” Yet we don’t know what God is doing in their hearts. God may be troubling their spirits, just like He troubled Pharaoh’s spirit. He may bring them to a point of need and you may be the Joseph God has placed in their path to deliver the message they need to hear.
Joseph came to understand that. Think about it: Joseph had been in prison for two years. But one day, the chief jailer said, “Pharaoh wants to see you.” When your day of deliverance comes, God will say, “You are finished waiting. My plan for you is going to be accomplished.”
Today’s devotion is excerpted from “Day of Deliverance” by Dr. Robert Jeffress, 2009.
Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission