If I read these verses properly this was a widespread famine like the world hadn’t known, for it asserts, “The famine was spread over all of the face of the earth.”.
In these circumstances what did Joseph do? He did not hoard the warehouses of plenty for himself and his folks, or for the royal household, or maybe for the land of Egypt. He opened those great vaults and released the contents to anyone that required food. “The folks of all of the earth came to Egypt to buy grain from Joseph.” This was a person who never made use of his rights, his authority, or his financial resources. He continues to walk politely before his Lord.
He has earthly power, but his integrity is still in place, and he openly shares his profusion with others in need. That provides help in our evaluation, doesn’t it? We can’t help but admire people who harvest the benefits of goodness because God prospers them, when they, in turn, provide for others in need. Ministries I’ve been part of have benefited massively not only from people who have hardly any of this world’s products, but also from the Josephs of this and prior generations. To the rich Josephs that God is raising up in this generation and the subsequent, may you continue to stroll with Him. May you freely use your affluence and authority for His glory and your influence and success to make His Word and truth known.
God can use our authority and our profusion and our promotion as He did with Joseph. But before he will be able to, we want to humble ourselves before God’s mighty hand and say, “Jesus Christ, I need You. I have all this to account for, and I cannot take any of it with me. Please use me as you see fit.” With authority comes the necessity for accountability. People who model the same depth of personality mixed with knowledge merit our respect and confirmation.
Rodney Howard Browne talks about Joseph. After those two full years, Joseph experienced a significant point in his life—on a day that appeared like every other day. That morning dawned like each other morning over the prior 2 years. Like the morning that dawned before Moses saw the burning bush. like the morning that dawned before David was anointed by Samuel as the king-elect.
Rodney Howard Browne tells us that for Joseph, it was yet another dungeon day—except for one small matter Joseph knew nothing about : the evening before Pharaoh had a bad dream. The king of the land had a dream, and in it he saw 7 fat, graceful cattle coming up out of the marshy Nile delta. Then 7 foul, thin, starving cows came up from the same stream and devoured the fat, sleek cows. Pharaoh awoke, maybe thinking that large meal he’d eaten before he went to bed wasn’t setting too well on his stomach. Before long he dropped back to sleep, and his dream continued.
Rodney Howard Browne tells that this time Joseph saw a stalk of grain with 7 plump and healthy ears. But then 7 lean ears, scorched from the east wind, sprang up and devoured the 7 healthy ears of grain. When Pharaoh heard that there had been someone around who could let him know what this discouraging dream meant, he naturally related, “Go get the man.”.
Talk about comprehensive integrity This was Joseph’s moment in court, his wonderful opportunity to point out, “Do you realize that I may have been out of that place 2 years back if that dummy standing right over there hadn’t forgotten me?” But there was none of that. You know why Joseph may be so humble and talk so openly? Because his heart had been damaged. Because he’d been attempted by the fire of affliction. Because while his external circumstances seemed nearly intolerable during those years, his internal condition had been turned into pure gold. We are now witnessing the advantages of enduring affliction with one’s eyes on God.