A humbled and open heart is fertile soil for God’s seeds of wisdom to be planted. Establishing deeper roots requires analyzing God’s word to discover truths, values, and lessons for application to our lives. Periodically, a scripture or passage calls for further exploration, like Genesis 40:5-23.
Our Deeper Roots passage in Genesis shows that God’s gifts are not for our glory. Our scripture selection begins while Joseph is in jail. He served as a caretaker to the prisoners and noticed that two of them, Pharaoh’s cup-bearer and baker, were troubled. They both had dreams that they were unable to understand. Joseph tells them that interpreting dreams is God’s business. Then tells them to share their dreams. The cupbearer begins to tell his dream and Joseph tells him in three days’ time he would return to his position. At the time of the interpretation, Joseph asks the cupbearer to remember him once he ascends back to his position. Next, the baker begins to share his dream. This time, Joseph has an interpretation that is not as favorable. In three days, each of the interpretations came to pass, but the cupbearer forgot all about Joseph.
Joseph had an opportunity to ignore the state of the cupbearer and baker and carry on with his duties. But, he understood that the dreams that each of Pharaoh’s servants had received could only be interpreted by God. He understood the favor that God had blessed him with. He used God-given gifts to help others, instead of standing by passively. He could have been discouraged by his surroundings and operated in discouragement. Yet He became a vessel and partnered with God to impart meaning to something that confounded those men. And it happened just as God said it would. Because God’s word always comes to pass.
There will be seasons when we will have to be vessels for the Lord to work through us. Situations in which we can serve as an instrument to bring words of comfort or correction to others from God. It is our responsibility to be sensitive to situations that only God can intervene in and allow God to be God. Not for our own gain, but God’s glory alone. We should not stand by passively, but get engaged, because we never know how our interactions will impact those around us or future seasons.
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