GENESIS 41 IN FOCUS
’44 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I am Pharaoh, but without your word no one will lift hand or foot in all Egypt.” 45 Pharaoh gave Joseph the name Zaphenath-Paneah’
THINK ABOUT IT
Why do we meet difficulties?
What do you learn from difficult times?
What brings difficulties?
Will difficulties last forever?
Who should meet difficulties?
What is life?
It is written ‘His favor is for a lifetime; Weeping may last for the night, But a shout of joy comes in the morning.’ Joseph had endured a lot but, there was a time for him to smile. A time came for him to rejoice. There was a sudden moment of change in his life. Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I am Pharaoh, but without your word no one will lift hand or foot in all Egypt. Joseph had not just a new name but, a new identity as-well! The apostle Paul wrote to the Philippians Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
Joseph rejoiced even when he was in the dungeon. He did not let bitterness and things that were going wrong depress him. He willingly assisted his inmates who needed his assistance. Regardless of the situation, rejoice and be glad for great is your reward in heaven!
Horatio Spafford in November, 1873, upon hearing the tragic incident of his family wrote ,
When peace like a river attendeth my way,
when sorrows like sea billows roll;
whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say,
“It is well, it is well with my soul.”
It is well with my soul;
it is well, it is well with my soul.
There shall always be a restoration time. God is faithful to His promises. Abraham endured! He wandered and went through several trials but, he was glorified in the end. Job had everything going against him. Whatever Job had was in disarray but he still remained faithful to God.
Trials and hard times in life come for a purpose. We ought to be prepared for greater heights and it may call for a unique dexterity, tenacity, fortitude and a strong heart. It shall be ridiculous to support a great mansion with a tiny pillar! Trials are there to shape us perfectly for the masters use.
Do not be disheartened when you meet the difficulties of life though you remain faithful to God! There shall surely be a time for restoration. You shall surely have a new name and a new identity. Just hold on! Be faithful! God is working!
As God restored Joseph and Job, so shall He restore you! He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. All His promises are Yes and Amen ! Only have faith, have a good heart, be good, endure to the end and you shall surely have the crown of glory!
when you meet the challenges of life, remember Zaphenath-Paneah’
For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.
1 Thessalonians 4:17
41 So Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I hereby put you in charge of the whole land of Egypt.” 42 Then Pharaoh took his signet ring from his finger and put it on Joseph’s finger. He dressed him in robes of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck. 43 He had him ride in a chariot as his second-in-command, and people shouted before him, “Make way!” Thus he put him in charge of the whole land of Egypt.
44 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I am Pharaoh, but without your word no one will lift hand or foot in all Egypt.” 45 Pharaoh gave Joseph the name Zaphenath-Paneah and gave him Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On, to be his wife. And Joseph went throughout the land of Egypt.
46 Joseph was thirty years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from Pharaoh’s presence and traveled throughout Egypt. 47 During the seven years of abundance the land produced plentifully. 48 Joseph collected all the food produced in those seven years of abundance in Egypt and stored it in the cities. In each city he put the food grown in the fields surrounding it. 49 Joseph stored up huge quantities of grain, like the sand of the sea; it was so much that he stopped keeping records because it was beyond measure.
50 Before the years of famine came, two sons were born to Joseph by Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On. 51 Joseph named his firstborn Manasseh and said, “It is because God has made me forget all my trouble and all my father’s household.” 52 The second son he named Ephraim and said, “It is because God has made me fruitful in the land of my suffering.”
53 The seven years of abundance in Egypt came to an end, 54 and the seven years of famine began, just as Joseph had said. There was famine in all the other lands, but in the whole land of Egypt there was food. 55 When all Egypt began to feel the famine, the people cried to Pharaoh for food. Then Pharaoh told all the Egyptians, “Go to Joseph and do what he tells you.”
56 When the famine had spread over the whole country, Joseph opened all the storehouses and sold grain to the Egyptians, for the famine was severe throughout Egypt. 57 And all the world came to Egypt to buy grain from Joseph, because the famine was severe everywhere.