Journal Entry by Melissa Semeri
S – Scripture: Genesis 41: 41-57 (NIV)
41 So Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I hereby put you in charge of the whole land of Egypt.” 42 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. 43 He had him ride in a chariot as his second-in-command,[a] and people shouted before him, “Make way[b]!” Thus he put him in charge of the whole land of Egypt.
44 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I am Pharaoh, but without your word no one will lift hand or foot in all Egypt.” 45 Pharaoh gave Joseph the name Zaphenath-Paneah and gave him Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On,[c] to be his wife. And Joseph went throughout the land of Egypt.
46 Joseph was thirty years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from Pharaoh’s presence and traveled throughout Egypt. 47 During the seven years of abundance the land produced plentifully. 48 Joseph collected all the food produced in those seven years of abundance in Egypt and stored it in the cities. In each city he put the food grown in the fields surrounding it. 49 Joseph stored up huge quantities of grain, like the sand of the sea; it was so much that he stopped keeping records because it was beyond measure.
50 Before the years of famine came, two sons were born to Joseph by Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On. 51 Joseph named his firstborn Manasseh[d] and said, “It is because God has made me forget all my trouble and all my father’s household.” 52 The second son he named Ephraim[e] and said, “It is because God has made me fruitful in the land of my suffering.”
53 The seven years of abundance in Egypt came to an end, 54 and the seven years of famine began, just as Joseph had said. There was famine in all the other lands, but in the whole land of Egypt there was food. 55 When all Egypt began to feel the famine, the people cried to Pharaoh for food. Then Pharaoh told all the Egyptians, “Go to Joseph and do what he tells you.”
56 When the famine had spread over the whole country, Joseph opened all the storehouses and sold grain to the Egyptians, for the famine was severe throughout Egypt. 57 And all the world came to Egypt to buy grain from Joseph, because the famine was severe everywhere
O - Observation
Joseph experienced a lot of trauma early in his life - brothers selling him into slavery, spending time in prison. He trusted God with the parts of his life he couldn't control and just did what he could do to the best of his ability - worked hard for his master, Potiphar; managed the prison for the warden; interpreted dreams for his fellow prisoners. He didn't try to escape slavery or prison; give up his identity and integrity; resent and hate the ungrateful cupbearer; or develop a victim mentality.
A - Application
Trust God with the parts of your life that are out of your control and just do the best that you can with a good attitude knowing He's in control.
P - Prayer
Father you direct our path, you know what's ahead and are with us, every step. Help us not to manipulate what we can't control but focus on what we can, leaving the rest to you.