It is not in me
Who was Joseph in front of Pharaoh, and what was he doing there? God had prepared Joseph throughout his young life to be His messenger and to represent Him in front of Pharaoh and his servants, and now was the time; “Joseph answered Pharaoh, “It is not in me God will give Pharaoh a favorable answer”
Joseph answered Pharaoh without pride and self-interest, Joseph had the will of God in his heart and understood that his thoughts and way of thinking came from outside of himself; Joseph praised his awesome God for the interpretation and advices he presented to Pharaoh. It is no different for us today, when we live our lives for God, He influences our thoughts, He is behind our thinking and He expects us to acknowledge this fact and praise Him.
In his introduction of the interpretation, Joseph again honored his God, “God has shown Pharaoh what He is about to do” In this manner, Joseph not only gave his God the credit, he also presented himself as a representative, sent from God.
Joseph didn’t just interpreted Pharaoh’s dreams he also gave him the solution, what he needed to do, God gave Joseph the complete plan and Joseph just informed Pharaoh; find a clearheaded and wise leader, appoint governors and officials throughout the land, store up one-fifth of the grain during the seven years of plenty.
We must think likewise today, we must be prepared, for the future, we must understand what is ahead of us. When it is peace, we must prepare for war, when in good times we must prepare for bad times. And furthermore, I think God showed us through what He told Joseph, that the tax today should be one-fifth of our income.
- Does your life with God makes you clearheaded?
- Does God have a position for you?
- Does God tell you what to do?