37 The plan seemed good to Pharaoh and all his officials. 38 So Pharaoh said to them, “The spirit of God is in this man. We can’t find anyone else like him, can we?” 39 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “God has made all this known to you. No one is as wise and understanding as you are. 40 You will be in charge of my palace. All my people must obey your orders. I will be greater than you only because I’m the one who sits on the throne.” 41 So Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I’m putting you in charge of the whole land of Egypt.” 42 Then Pharaoh took from his finger the ring he used to give his official stamp. He put it on Joseph’s finger. He dressed him in robes made out of fine linen. He put a gold chain around Joseph’s neck. 43 He also had him ride in a chariot. Joseph was now next in command after Pharaoh. People went in front of Joseph and shouted, “Get down on your knees!” By doing all these things, Pharaoh put Joseph in charge of the whole land of Egypt. 44 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I am Pharaoh. But unless you give an order, no one will do anything in the whole land of Egypt.” 45 Pharaoh gave Joseph the name Zaphenath-Paneah. He gave Joseph a wife. She was Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera. Potiphera was the priest of On. Joseph traveled all over the land of Egypt.
Here we see Joseph receiving great favour from Pharaoh as a result of Pharaoh’s recognition that God was with Joseph. All in one moment, Joseph rose quite suddenly in his position, his wealth and his power when he was made 2nd in charge of Egypt.
Sometimes in life, change seems to come very slowly and over a long period of time. Then at other times things can happen all of a sudden, with dramatic consequences.
As we are embarking on a new year, this makes me stop and wonder what 2016 might look like. Over the years I’ve discovered that quite dramatic change can happen in the space of a very short time – sometimes great unexpected blessings and sometimes big unexpected trials. As we read about the life of Joseph we see most certainly that he had both.
Life is unpredictable, but God is not. I can know with absolute certainty what our God will be like in 2016. He will be with me in the highs and the lows. He will give me grace and strength as I seek to follow Him with my all my heart. Who knows – I may experience great blessing or I may experience great trials (or both). But I will definitely experience a GREAT GOD.
I am so grateful for the peace that comes with trusting God with my life. 2016 here we come!
Written by Shelley Witt