February 8, 2018

It seems like the Lord really wants to cement within me that he is sovereign. So let’s look again at his sovereignty at work in chapter 41 of Genesis.

Genesis 41:8 (NLT) — 8 The next morning Pharaoh was very disturbed by the dreams. So he called for all the magicians and wise men of Egypt. When Pharaoh told them his dreams, not one of them could tell him what they meant.

So the Lord sovereignly puts a couple of dreams into Pharaoh’s head. Then he has the dreams make such an impression on Pharaoh so that he doesn’t just write it off to his midnight snack of pizza. Pharaoh believes the dreams are important enough to call for all of his magicians and wise men. But God keeps them from interpreting the dreams.

Genesis 41:14 (NLT) — 14 Pharaoh sent for Joseph at once, and he was quickly brought from the prison. After he shaved and changed his clothes, he went in and stood before Pharaoh.

People might forget about us but not our sovereign Lord. He is always working behind the scenes on our behalf and his timing is impeccable. Our times are in his faithful, capable hands.

Isaiah 49:14–15 (NLT) — 14 Yet Jerusalem says, “The Lord has deserted us; the Lord has forgotten us.” 15 “Never! Can a mother forget her nursing child? Can she feel no love for the child she has borne? But even if that were possible, I would not forget you!

Psalm 31:15 (NLT) — 15 My future is in your hands. Rescue me from those who hunt me down relentlessly.

Genesis 41:15 (NLT) — 15 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I had a dream last night, and no one here can tell me what it means. But I have heard that when you hear about a dream you can interpret it.”

Isn’t it amazing the Pharaoh would even consider bringing a Hebrew slave into his presence to interpret his dream. God really was working.

Genesis 41:16 (NLT) — 16 “It is beyond my power to do this,” Joseph replied. “But God can tell you what it means and set you at ease.”

Joseph is not intimidated by Pharaoh and he is not ashamed to tell him about his God. You can almost read the minds of the magicians and wise men as they listened to Joseph, “If your God is so great why are you in our prison?” But Joseph knew that God in His sovereignty and His wisdom would work it all out for good.

Genesis 41:25 (NLT) — 25 Joseph responded, “Both of Pharaoh’s dreams mean the same thing. God is telling Pharaoh in advance what he is about to do.

This is God’s world and He is sovereign!

Genesis 41:28 (NLT) — 28 “This will happen just as I have described it, for God has revealed to Pharaoh in advance what he is about to do.

Pharaoh with all of his power, authority and resources could not stop what God was about to do. God is sovereign.

Genesis 41:31 (NLT) — 31 This famine will be so severe that even the memory of the good years will be erased.

Don’t get so caught up in troubling times that you forget that God is Sovereign.

Genesis 41:37 (NLT) — 37 Joseph’s suggestions were well received by Pharaoh and his officials.

Because God is sovereign he was able to convince Pharaoh to listen to an imprisoned Hebrew slave! Joseph is 30 years old. He has been a slave since he was seventeen. He has no formal training, no degrees, no pedigree, no glowing resume, no character references other than a jailor, he’s been implicated in an attempted rape case, and no experience in government. The probabilities of this happening must be astromomical.

Genesis 41:40 (NLT) — 40 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.”

How can this be? I wonder what odds the book makers would have given on this ever happening? Nothing is impossible with God because God is ____________!

Doesn’t knowing that your heavenly Father is sovereign bring a little more brightness into your day, a bit more of a spring in your step, a more upbeat song in your heart, a reason to break out into praise, the urge to hug someone? If not what does it do for you?

Be Inspired Hilltop!