15 Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I had a dream, and no one can interpret it. But I have heard it said of you that when you hear a dream you can interpret it.”
16 “I cannot do it,” Joseph replied to Pharaoh, “but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires.”
As we continue on with the story of Joseph, Joseph is languishing in a prison in Egypt, because of a trumped up charge by his former slave master. A former inmate, the Pharaoh’s cupbearer, remembers that Joseph is pretty good at interpreting dreams, so Pharaoh sends for Joseph. This was Joseph’s perfect opportunity to self-promote his abilities, but Joseph gives the credit to God for any dream analysis Joseph can give.
As they say, a little humility goes a long way. Joseph tells Pharaoh that God has revealed what God intends to do. Joseph tells Pharaoh there will be seven productive years followed by seven years of famine. Pharaoh needs a wise and discerning man to take charge of the situation, and gives Pharaoh some advice about how to manage the abundant years to prepare for the lean ones. Pharaoh recognizes that Joseph was blessed with wisdom from God, and puts him in charge.
So the prophecy about the sheaves of wheat comes true. Joseph was made second in charge of all of Egypt. Was Joseph lucky, just happened to be at the right place at the right time? No, God had a plan, and Joseph was obedient to follow God’s plan.
At the end of the chapter as the famine begins, Joseph opens the storehouses that have been holding grain, to feed those affected by the famine. And it is written, “And all the world came to buy grain from Joseph, because the famine was severe everywhere.” God had a greater plan for a greater good.
Gracious God, let me be listening and watching for the unfolding of your will. Keep me close to you in prayer and the reading of your word, so I am ready and waiting for you to act. Thank you for your good plan – your plan for eternity given in Jesus, and your desire for how we should live today. Let me give you the credit in all I do. Amen.