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 41:8-36.
Our Deeper Roots passage in Genesis shows us that we should let God be God. Our scripture selection begins with the Pharaoh of Eygpt summoning magicians and wise men to help interpret troublesome dreams. None of the people he called could tell him what the dreams meant. So finally, the cup-bearer spoke up and recalled Joseph’s gift for interpreting dreams. At once, the Pharaoh sent for Joseph to come and interpret his dreams. Once Joseph arrived, he told the Pharaoh that he had no power to interpret dreams, but God did. So Pharaoh began to share his dreams with Joseph. He had two distinct, yet similar dreams of seven cows and seven heads of grain. As Pharaoh shared his dreams, Joseph responded by telling Pharaoh that God had sent the dreams in advance of what God was getting ready to do. God was getting ready to send bounty for seven years and then famine for seven more years. And God also sent a solution to the problem in more ways than one.
Only God can accurately give meaning to divine experiences. It’s clear that Pharaoh’s dream was a God-given dream. It caused him enough agitation that he needed answers. He went to all of the magicians and wise men and they failed him. It was only after all the others had failed, that the chief cup-bearer remembered Joseph. When Joseph arrived, he acknowledged where His gift came from before he used it; he maintained a posture of reverence to God. Joseph shared that the dream was a foreshadowing of times to come; 7 seasons of bounty and seven of famine. But what’s more, is that God gave the solution to the problem through Joseph. God gave a warning via dreams to Pharaoh, provision to interpret it accurately via Joseph, and He also released a divine strategy for navigating both seasons of feast and famine. Talk about perfect timing and alignment.
God’s plans are far greater than anything we could ever imagine. His timing is impeccable. This is why we must allow God to be God and allow Him to give meaning to our experiences. Joseph’s two dreams set him off down a path that he probably would have never thought up in his wildest imagination. He gets to a place where he’s been imprisoned twice, and interpreted two prisoners’ dreams, plus two of Pharoah’s dreams. At this point, Joseph recognizes only God’s hand and divine timing could be at work. In this moment, he remains yielded to what God wants to do through him; the saving of many lives from famine. Joseph doesn’t insert his own ideas or words into something God-given and divinely appointed. He allows God to give context to the situation that he’s in; He allows God to be God.