Wait, Promotion Comes from God

When you find yourself in a dead-end assignment, you are not alone. It may feel like you are alone, but you’re not. Joseph was a slave in a foreign nation with a foreign culture and language. He did not know anybody and he were cut off from his family. But Genesis makes it clear that he wasn’t alone but that the Lord was with him. [1] Promotions come from God. Never seek to be promoted using human methods. Joseph failed whenever he attempted to promote himself. He wanted to promote himself among his brothers and they sold him for slavery. But God promoted Joseph after proving his faithfulness as a slave. Next he looked up to Pharaoh’s cup-bearer. But the cup-bearer forgot Joseph. At best, the cupbearer could have gotten Joseph freed from prison. But then he would not have
been in a position to interpret the dreams of Pharaoh. When the time came for God to promote Joseph everything worked in perfect harmony. Never attempt to promote yourself in leadership. Always depend on God; humble you and God will promote you.

For Christians, Joseph is a shining example of a man who does his work as unto the Lord (Col 3:23) in times of prosperity as well as in trials. No matter what situation Joseph found himself in, he worked hard and remained faithful. It is easy for modern Christians to convince themselves that they do not have the right position or influence to make an impact for God’s kingdom, but Joseph knew that he could have an impact in any situation, whether as a shepherd, a slave, a prisoner, or second in command of all Egypt. Like Joseph, we Christians can live in a way that makes people notice divine influence. [2]

Allow God to prepare you to become a practical leader, in order to handle the challenges of the future much better. Psalm 37:23 is very clear: The steps of a man are established by the Lord, And He delights in his way.” You may not completely recognize how God is moving and providing for you. Whenever you are moved to a different phase, or place, during a stressful season in your life, God will turn what seemed like a bad situation, into an arrangement that works in your favor. God is in control over all your assignments of life. [3]


[1] Farrar, Steve: God Built. Colorado Springs, CO  David C. Cook, 2008

[3] Farrar, Steve: God Built. Colorado Springs, CO  David C. Cook, 2008

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  1. #1 by MrPopularSentiment on August 1, 2011 - 9:10 am

    Joseph never tried to increase his status among his brothers. He received visions from God telling him that his family would bow before him and he told his family about them – these dreams later came true during the famine, when the brothers came to Joseph, not knowing who he was, and bowed before them. But the main reason the brothers sold him into slavery was the favouritism of Jacob. Jacob made it very clear that Joseph was his favourite, even going so far as to give him a fancy robe. He was later punished for this by thinking that his favourite son had been killed.

    So if you want to draw a lesson from this whole episode, it isn’t that you shouldn’t work (with or without God) to make things better for yourself and your family, but rather that you shouldn’t treat one son like a real son and your other children like little more than farmhands.

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