So there Joseph was, standing before Pharaoh. At this point, it had been thirteen years since Joseph had been sold into slavery by his brothers. Pharaoh tells his dreams to Joseph and with help from God Joseph is able to interpret their meanings. He explains that Egypt will have seven years of abundance and seven years of famine. Then he tells Pharaoh what he should do in order to save his people from starvation. Pharaoh, seeing that God had gifted Joseph in the area of discernment and wisdom puts Joseph not only over his household but over ALL of Egypt. He was now the 2nd most powerful man in Egypt. Joseph woke up that morning in a prison cell, but goes to bed in a palace.
- You’re the solution to a problem.
Joseph’s testimony is full of all kinds of powerful nuggets. But what stands out most to me is that Joseph was handpicked by God to fulfill a divine purpose. You see, Pharaoh had a problem on his hands that was beyond his knowledge and skills. The famine created an opportunity for Joseph to use his gifts and save not only Egypt but nations. God’s favor was on Joseph and everything leading up to that moment had been preparation. Joseph was the solution to Pharaoh’s problem.
God has placed unique gifts and passions inside each one of us. They were put there to reach and serve the world around us. We all have something we can do or give to meet a need. We all have had different experiences in life and situations we’ve faced that have conditioned and shaped us to be solutions to a specific problem in someone’s life. Your heart may not beat as passionately as mine does for a certain area but that’s the beauty of it all. There is someone or something that is in need of a dream interpreter or a gift you have. There is something valuable in each one of us that God wants to use to serve His purpose. It’s a beautiful thing to see someone serving in an area they are passionate about using their God given gifts to meet a need.
You have purpose. You are valuable. You are the answer to someone’s prayers. Everything you have been through was God molding you and shaping you for His purpose. Don’t quit when you face adversity. Like Joseph, you’ll be able to look back on all the hard times and see, “God intended it all for good” (Genesis 50:20).
Let your prayer be today, “God, make me a solution to someone’s problem.”