Carolyn’s Online Magazine
SCRIPTURE: Genesis 41:16 And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, It is not in me: God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace.(KJV)
2 Corinthians 3:5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;(KJV)
Related Scripture: Genesis 40:8, 41:25, 28, 32; Deuteronomy 29:29; Daniel 2:22, 28, 47; Acts 3:12
DISCUSSION: God communicates not only with believers but also with nonbelievers through dreams. In this case, God is sending a famine on the land but is giving Pharoah a warning of the coming disaster. (24=119)
Joseph responds to the Pharoah’s request for a dream interpretation modestly and decently, giving honor to God and showing respect to Pharoah. (1=81)
REFLECTION: I am human. As such it is difficult to credit to God accomplishments I feel I have made. After all, it was my blood, my sweat and my tears that went into that news story; it was my fingers that become bloodied from the needle as I made that piano recital dress; it was my hands that became stained rainbow colored when I made that craft project; it was my ideas that went into and arranged themselves in that story or program! My finger pushed the button on the camera to take that photo!
I neglect to mention, however, that it was God who blessed me with the innate skill and ability to learn the techniques to accomplish my feat. It was God who provided me with the gifts and talents to create my writing, my photography, my crafts, and my sewing. It was God who placed me in this land of opportunity where I am free and able to develop these tasks. And it is God whom should be honored through these gifts, talents and creations.
God provided the materials and locale for my success.
PRAYER: Lord, let me keep you before me always as a reminder of who You are and what You have given me. Let me always remember to give You credit for my accomplishments as I use the gifts You gave me. Amen