37This proposal pleased Pharaoh and all his servants. 38And Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find a man like this, in whom is the Spirit of God?” 39Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has shown you all this, there is none so discerning and wise as you are. 40You shall be over my house, and all my people shall order themselves as you command. Only as regards the throne will I be greater than you.” 41And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.” 42Then Pharaoh took his signet ring from his hand and put it on Joseph’s hand, and clothed him in garments of fine linen and put a gold chain about his neck. 43And he made him ride in his second chariot. And they called out before him, “Bow the knee!” Thus he set him over all the land of Egypt. 44Moreover, Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I am Pharaoh, and without your consent no one shall lift up hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.” 45And Pharaoh called Joseph’s name Zaphenath-paneah. And he gave him in marriage Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera priest of On. So Joseph went out over the land of Egypt.
Do you ever wonder why God is to adamant about us avoiding sin, even when the sin seems fun? It’s partially because sin has a disastrous ripple effect in eternity as well as in the present. When we sin, we are hurting ourselves, hurting those around us, and we are dishonoring God.
The opposite is also true.
When we follow Jesus, we experience life to the full, those around us are blessed by our obedience, and God is glorified.
This is the story of Joseph. For over a decade, Joseph has lived in a foreign land as a slave and as a prisoner surrounded by very real temptations, yet Joseph has followed God faithfully. And here in chapter 41, we see a major turning point. Joseph is recognized as having true wisdom and experiences—it’s the ultimate Cinderella story as he goes from imprisoned slave to second in command over all of the Egyptian empire. The nation is rescued by Joseph’s interpretations of dreams, foresight, and wisdom. And Pharaoh is singing God’s praises for Joseph.
How have you seen this story play out in your own life? Have you seen the negative effects of sin rippling around you? Have you seen the positive effects of your obedience helping you, helping others, and glorifying God?
The beautiful thing about these very different stories is that you get to choose. Will you choose to follow Jesus today or will you choose to rebel?
Today’s Prayer: Holy Spirit, guide me today in the way of wisdom. Help me to see what you see and to trust what you say that it may go well with me, with those around me, and that ultimately God would be glorified. Amen.