Main Reading: Genesis 41
In this given passage we read about the dream that Pharaoh dreamt of and how Joseph interprets it. Pharaoh gets really troubled in his spirit after seeing the dream and calls for the magicians and wise men but none could interpret it. Then the chief butler remembers how Joseph had interpreted the dream to him and the chief baker and he tells Pharaoh and Joseph is called for. Now Pharaoh while conversing with Joseph says that he has heard that Joseph can interpret dreams but Joseph in turn tells Pharaoh that it is not him but it is God who will give peace to Pharaoh(Gen 41: 16). It is very important for us to notice here that Joseph humbles himself. A normal human tendency makes us feel proud about ourselves but Joseph stood different here. Later when Joseph interprets the dream he tells Pharaoh that God has shown what He is about to do(Gen 41:28). God used Joseph mightily. Joseph never took credit for himself but just trusted God completely. We can clearly see this because even though he was in a situation he didn’t deserve but he never complained about it. He just kept trusting God and led his life. God rewarded Joseph by exalting him over all Egypt.
In another passage in 2 Kings chapter 4 we see how the little girl who was brought captive from Israel showed a way for her master Namaan’s healing. That small girl tells her mistress about the prophet in Samaria who would heal her master. Naaman goes to Samaria to meet Elisha the prophet. Naaman was told to cleanse himself in Jordan seven times and he would be healed. And after Naaman gets healed he proclaims that he has not seen a God anywhere else but in Israel. God used a small girl for Naaman to know who God is.
In yet another passage in Daniel chapter 4 we see that Daniel interprets the dream to Nebuchadnezzar. The king knew that Daniel was a man filled with the spirit of God and he can interpret the dream to him. Daniel interpreted the dream to the King though the dream had meant something bad for the King. Daniel told the truth to Nebuchadnezzar even though he knew that it was something bad and did not lie. Again here we need to concentrate on this that Daniel told the truth, he wasn’t afraid of the king. What we normally do is much different, we tend to try and please men who are of a higher authority so that we can get some material concessions from them which will be beneficial to us but Daniel was different. He didn’t think about the consequences and went ahead with the truth. His consequences could have been very harsh like probably death but he didn’t care because he fully trusted in God and had faith in him. Daniel completely obeyed God in everything and stood for God always. God used Daniel not only to interpret dreams but to also provide us with revelations much similar to what John and Jeremiah wrote.
‘So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up’ (Eph. 4:11-12)
All three Joseph, Daniel and the little girl were slaves brought into a new country. God had a purpose for their captivity. I recently heard in a sermon the pastor saying, “There are no superstars in the kingdom of God”. God can use anyone a slave, a king, an accountant, a tax collector, a prisoner, a student anyone.
We see these three slaves and how they impacted their lives by letting God use them in spite of their hardships. They had to face trials but God had a purpose out of their lives and it all led to the glory of God, they just trusted God and had faith in Him. If we also trust God and surrender to Him then he will use us also.
‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.’ (Acts 2:17)