Genesis 41:46-48 “And Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh, and went throughout all the land of Egypt. And in the seven plenteous years the earth brought forth by handfuls. And he gathered up all the food of the seven years, which were in the land of Egypt, and laid up the food in the cities: the food of the field, which was round about every city, laid he up in the same.”
The Lord gave Joseph, like Daniel, amazing visions that he was able to use to gain favor with the rulers of his land. Joseph, like Daniel, was faithful to put the Lord first and to follow Him. Joseph, like Daniel, relied heavily upon the Lord’s blessings to serve faithfully and fully. Joseph, like Daniel, diligently put his unique God-given gifts into practice in a way specifically tailored to his situation. Like Joseph and Daniel, we are to do the same.
We are to use God-given wisdom and Holy Spirit nudging to dictate the course of our lives and to influence those around us. We are to be faithful to put the Lord first and to follow Him. We are to heavily rely upon the Lord’s blessings to serve faithfully and fully. We are to diligently put our unique God-given gifts into practice in ways that are specifically tailored to our situations.
Our gifts aren’t the same. The Lord won’t direct us in the same ways. God’s blessings and our opportunities for impact are unique to our situations. Yet, if we are faithful to follow Him while resisting the urge to limit the spheres within which we utilize our gifts, our influence can bring forth what this world needs. We can bring it forth by the handfuls.
PLEASE PRAY FOR CHRISTIANS OF ALL PROFESSIONS TO IMPACT EVERY CORNER OF OUR LAND. Joseph and Daniel impacted the corners of the land where the Lord had directed them. They did so faithfully and diligently. They did so by the handfuls.
ADDITIONAL NOTE: Please see this prior post for related thoughts: http://prayatlunch.us/standing-before-kings/