In the squalor of an Egyptian prison, an innocent man lived for many years. But one day the king summoned him to the palace. So he washed and shaved. When he arrived at the palace, the king told him about some puzzling dreams that he had had and requested that the prisoner tell him the meaning of the dreams.
“It is beyond my power to do this,” the prisoner replied. “But God can tell you what it means and set you at ease.”
So the king told the dream about seven skinny cows eating seven fat cows, but the seven skinny cows stayed skinny. And the prisoner told him that there were going to be seven years of bumper crops followed by seven years of terrible famine. And he advised the king to hire an intelligent and wise man and set him over the whole land of Egypt to manage the process of storing up grain during the first seven years so that they would have enough to eat during the next seven years.
The king appreciated and accepted his advice and said, “Since God has revealed the meaning of the dreams to you, clearly no one else is as intelligent or wise as you are. You will be in charge of my court, and all my people will take orders from you. Only I, sitting on my throne, will have a rank higher than yours.”
And the overnight transition had begun!
The prisoner suddenly became the national grain manager. And not only this, but the king arranged for him to get married too.
- From rags to riches
- From prison to palace
- From poverty to power
- From single to married
He succeeded! He did the job! He had no previous experience, and yet there is no record that he struggled in his new-found role.
Where is the fear? Where is the stammering refusal to accept the job?
What an astounding transformation! What a testimony to God’s ability to empower people!
Do you believe that God could empower you to do the same sort of thing? Joseph’s story tells us that God’s power is limitless. It tells us that we too can thrive even during times of sudden or difficult transition.
So what is limiting the power of God in your life?