The Ruler

by Carolyn Hope

Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has revealed the meaning of the dreams to you, clearly no one else is as intelligent or wise as you are. You will be in charge of my court, and all my people will take orders from you. Only I, sitting on my throne, will have a rank higher than yours.” Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I hereby put you in charge of the entire land of Egypt.” (Genesis 41:39-41)

Finally, in a moment of unquestionable victory, God elevated Joseph from the prison cell to second-in-command. Such a jump to power could have had shaky ramifications. In reality, though, it wasn’t so different a situation. The luxuries and the extent of Joseph’s new position were greater, but how he functioned and who he was didn’t change.

Joseph was a slave in Potiphar’s house, and there he was elevated to second-in-command. He was then a prisoner, who was eventually placed just under the warden in authority. Now we see him before the head of all of Egypt, and once again he is lifted to the second highest place of influence and power.

This was Joseph’s life. Joseph was a ruler. It’s who God made him to be; and as such, everywhere he went, he ruled. Because Joseph was faithful in the little and in the hard times, God knew he could be trusted to be faithful in much and in even harder times. Joseph had to be faithful over a household before he could be faithful over a country. He needed to learn to steward well in the dirty prison that was barren of hope before he could serve an empire facing a ruthless famine. Everything in Joseph’s life prepared him for this time.

God has a calling on your life; it’s real, it’s powerful, and it’s important. In your journey to reach the fullness of your potential, you will go through seasons of testing and trial. These times aren’t usually exciting or pleasant, but they are the training ground to prepare you for an even greater purpose. Will you push through and be patient? Will you determine to learn from where you are now? Will you be faithful in the small and seemingly insignificant? Don’t be discouraged. God has great dreams for you. If you’ll submit to your current season and become cemented in character and identity, you’ll be ready for what comes next.

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