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, and people shouted before him, “Make way!” 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, to be his wife. And Joseph went throughout the land of Egypt.
You often hear that people who win the lottery end up worse off than before, because they didn’t have the skill or ability to handle finances in the first place. In this passage, you can hear about Joseph being put in charge of all Egypt and think “lucky him!”, but I also feel anxious for him. Just think of the stress and burden that his new role holds!
Fortunately, Joseph had broad shoulders and could handle the burden of responsibility. Thus this promotion wasn’t an opportunity for him to feel high and mighty, or to take anything for granted, but to realise the sense of purpose that God had placed in him.
Likewise for us, when God promotes us, blesses us or otherwise moves us up in life, like Joseph we must recognise the responsibility that becomes ours. We cannot afford to blindly enter the blessing without accepting what’s required of us to sustain it.
Lord, You are incredibly kind and generous, always looking for ways to bless us. I pray that You would help us to not take our life’s blessings for granted, but to recognise the responsibility with which you expect us to treat them. Amen!
Written by Ps. Matt Samperi