Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
So Pharaoh sent for Joseph, and he was quickly brought from the dungeon. When he had shaved and changed his clothes, he came before Pharaoh.
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.”
“I cannot do it,” Joseph replied to Pharaoh, “but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires.
(Genesis 41:14-16 (NIV))
I have a very serious question to ask and I want you to reflect and answer truthfully.
How would you respond if you find yourself in a situation similar to what Joseph found himself?
Would you have boasted and loudly proclaimed that you indeed did have the ability to do as he had heard? Would you proclaim that you could do as he asked? Would you come across as arrogant and egotistical when presented with a situation that could potentially glorify you?
Or would you do as Joseph did and acknowledge that all things come from God and only by His grace can you do as you are asked?
Human nature is a fickle thing. We tend to think that we would give the glory where the glory is due, yet, all too often we fall short. We allow the glory to be directed toward our own abilities even though we are not worthy of glory.
We must train our hearts and minds to desire to reflect the glory of God, for we are not worthy of glory.
All of us have become like one who is unclean,
and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags;
we all shrivel up like a leaf,
and like the wind our sins sweep us away.
(Isaiah 64:6 (NIV))
Even in our filthy state, we are to glorify God in all of His righteousness. We must never glorify ourselves.
Who do you glorify?