Today's Manna

January 30, 2017
by Rabon Metcalf
Scripture Reading: Genesis 41

Some are surprised to learn that suffering is part of God's will for Christians. This is clearly stated in several Bible verses. 2 Timothy 3:12 reads, "Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.” 1 Peter 4:19 states, “Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator.” This is a truth of which Joseph was personally aware.

As we have read the last few days, Joseph endured much suffering. He was thrown into a pit, sold into slavery by his brothers, lied about by Potiphar’s wife, and cast into prison. Even after interpreting the dreams of fellow prisoners, he was forgotten and left in prison. In each of these instances, Joseph was not at fault, yet he suffered. Joseph’s first words out of prison, which are recorded in verse 16 of today’s reading, were “It is not in me, God will give Pharaoh an answer of peace.” What a great attitude! Despite the hardship Joseph lived through, God still received glory from Joseph.

After interpreting Pharaoh’s dream and providing godly wisdom about how to flourish in the upcoming famine, Joseph was richly rewarded. Joseph goes from sitting in prison to being second in command over all of Egypt (the world power of that time). In one business meeting at Pharaoh’s court, Joseph’s life was radically changed.

What would you have done if this had been you? How would you handle the power, the wealth, the opportunity for vindication? Joseph kept on being Joseph by serving the Lord and giving Him glory. It didn’t matter whether he was in a pit, serving as a slave, in a jail cell, or in the palace.

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