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The Uplift Volume 1 Issue 10

“14 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.”

Genesis 41:14 (New International Version)

“From Prison to the Palace”

As we place a spiritual stethoscope to the heart of Joseph, we feel the heart of one who was sold

into Egyptian slavery by his own brothers at the age of 17. During Joseph’s imprisonment, he

gained a reputation as an accurate interpreter of dreams. His God-given ability served him well

as he was summoned by Pharaoh to interpret a host of his troubling dreams. Scripture tells us

that Pharaoh first sought the help of magicians and wise men, but they could not provide the

support he needed. These other men had societal power, but their power was not of God. Thus,

they were unable to interpret Pharaoh’s dreams, but God had revealed it to Joseph.

With haste, Joseph was brought from a dark and desolate dungeon to the presence of Pharaoh. In

this moment, Joseph provides us with an example that we must follow when given the

opportunity to use our God-given gifts. You see, it was not Joseph’s knowledge of dreams that

helped him interpret the meaning of Pharaoh’s dreams. It was his knowledge of God! Joseph

made sure that he gave the credit to God for the revelation of the meaning of Pharaoh’s dreams.

We should always be ready to give God honor for all that has been done. It is not our place, nor

our right to take credit for that which God has done for us and through us. God deserves the

glory! God deserves the honor! God deserves the praise!

Pharaoh recognized that Joseph was a man “in whom is the spirit of God.” Thus, Joseph became

prime minister of the land, with power second only to Pharaoh himself. 13 years after being sold

into Egyptian slavery, God elevated Joseph from the depths of the royal prison to second in-

command of the entire nation. It was God that promoted him from the prison to the palace

overnight. Allow this lesson to serve as a reminder that God can/will use our troubles and trials

to train and test us in preparation for our high calling.


Christopher A. McCroy

Brother (Minister) Christopher A. McCroy

8th District Chaplain

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