New Blog Post: Reflections on Genesis 41: The Dreamer Interprets Pharaoh’s Dreams

You might say that verse 28 is the key verse of this story: “It is just as I said to Pharaoh: God has shown Pharaoh what he is about to do.”  Once again we see God give supernatural wisdom to Joseph.  How else could he interpret dreams?  Pharaoh is so moved by this experience that he entrusts the care of the kingdom to Joseph.  The Hebrew slave moves from the prison to the palace.  He exchanges his prison rags for royal clothes!  “Can we find anyone like this man,” says Pharaoh, “one in whom is the Spirit of God?” (v. 38).  Sometimes it seems that all hope is lost.  We’re stuck in a rut: a dead-end job; a loveless marriage; a destructive habit.  We can’t seem to break free, no matter what we do.  And then the Lord reminds us that he is with us.  He shows favor to us in our time of trouble.  He brings relief.  The sun begins to shine again.  He uses us to do something significant.  And we’re restored.  In this chapter we see that Joseph’s dreams come true.  Not by his doing mind you.  But notice that he was proactive.  He used his sphere of influence to improve things, which is something we all can do.  But when it comes right down to it, our success comes from God.  He’s the giver and fulfiller of dreams.  So what is he dreaming in your life right now?  Some of us seem more prone to dream, but regardless of your personality, the Lord is the giver of dreams, and he dreams his dreams for our life.  So what is he saying to you these days?  Are you taking time to listen to him?  When we listen carefully to his Word, when we actually spend time with him in solitude and silence, he reveals his dreams for our lives; they begin to take shape in our hearts and minds.  Thanks be to God!

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