Honor

“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.” (Gen 41:42)

Who was it that put Joseph in charge of Egypt? Could a prisoner in jail really orchestrate his release, let alone his promotion to prime minister of all Egypt? Of course not; we all know it is only God who can move this way and promote a man to this kind of position and influence.

Just as God gave honor to Joseph, He can and will give honor to us as we serve Him in the marketplace. When we choose to go God’s way and be obedient and faithful to Him, we may pay a price.

Ultimately, though, God’s true purpose will show through because He honors His servants and those who are obedient to His calling. I am sure Joseph would have preferred to miss out on the jail experience, but it all worked together for good.

Quick Prayer: Thank You for the level of honor and influence You have already placed on me. Amen.

Serving before Kings

“Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings; they will not serve before officials of low rank.” (Pro 22:29) We are all given a fixed amount of gifts and talents. They are allocated for a purpose, in that we all have a role to play and a part to fulfill. They do come, however, with some responsibility. Raw talent can only get us so far. The one with some talent will go way past the one with much unless the one with more learns diligence and applies him or herself. We are called to take what God has given us and to hone and develop it with the gifts He has bestowed on us. Training and learning are not self-interest pastimes; they are the building blocks of servanthood. If we are well equipped and prepared, we can serve effectively and be productive. Then we will be taken to new heights and given even greater opportunity to serve. Quick Prayer: I commit to developing the skills You have given me so I may serve You well. Amen.

Up and Down

“It is God who judges: He brings one down, he exalts another.” (Psa 75:7)

If you are looking to be promoted or exalted in some way or another, take a look at this Scripture. First the question is why? While it is true that if we wait for pure motivation, we will all be waiting a long time, God is quite clearly not into selfish ambition.

He is, however, into blessing people and placing His faithful ones into positions of influence and authority where He can impact the world with His love and see His Kingdom expanded.

The down side of acknowledging that God is in the business of exalting people is that He is also in the habit of repositioning people in the other direction. Why on earth would He do that to someone on His team? Perhaps we need some measure of humility, more time with family, or some other reason we can’t even fathom. But one thing is for sure: He is not capricious, and He always has our best in mind.

Quick Prayer: Exalt me in due time please, Jesus. Amen.

Promotion

“So Pharaoh said to Joseph, ‘I hereby put you in charge of the whole land of Egypt.’” (Gen 41:41)

There is a payday for those who follow God and work in His way. Joseph was gifted by God and disciplined and diligent in his execution of God’s purposes. He had a hard road to walk but then had the ultimate promotion.

He followed God’s ways and had God’s insights and wisdom. He moved well in the supernatural and in the natural. He is an example for us. It is God who exalts and God who promotes. He is interested in us fulfilling our potential. If we walk His way and work His way, we will ultimately fulfill our true calling and unlock our full potential.

Quick Prayer: You are the promoter and exalter; I surrender to You, Your timing, and Your way. Amen.