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Trust in God – Part 3

July 16, 2008

This is the third and final part of the Trust in God posts.

If you missed Part 1 about the confidence of David click here.

If you missed Part 2 about acceptance of God’s will click here.

First let me say that I have to give credit to my dad for this final post.  I heard him preach a sermon on this years ago and it has stuck with me ever since.

I have been writing about various character attributes of men in the Bible who have exhibited total trust in God.  My final prayer is that I have a clean heart like Joseph.

The story of Joseph is the epitome of a life full of trials.  First he was sold into slavery by his brothers.  He then ended up being purchased by Potiphar who was one of Pharoah’s officials in Egypt.  After refusing the advances of Potiphar’s wife, Joseph was falsely accused by her and was thrown into prison.  We don’t know exactly how long, but the Bible says, “some time later” he was called on to interpret the dreams of the cupbearer and the baker.  After his interpretations came true, he asked the cupbearer to tell Pharoah about him so he could be let out of prison.  Unfortunately, the cupbearer forgot about Joseph until two years later when Pharoah had a dream of his own.   Remembering what Joseph had done for him, the cupbearer sent for Joseph to interpret Pharoah’s dream.  So now we find Joseph after a life full of unfortunate turns being called upon by Pharoah.  It was to be a turning point in the life of Joseph.

Genesis 41:14
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. (NIV)

Pharoah asked Joseph if he could interpret his dream and Joseph answers,

Genesis 41:16
16    “I cannot do it,” Joseph replied to Pharaoh, “but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires.” (NIV)

Joseph was confident that God would reveal to him the dream and He did.

Genesis 41:39-41
39    Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has made all this known to you, there is no one so discerning and wise as you.
40    You shall be in charge of my palace, and all my people are to submit to your orders. Only with respect to the throne will I be greater than you.”
41    So Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I hereby put you in charge of the whole land of Egypt.”
(NIV)

Joseph went from being in the dungeon to the second in command of Egypt in a day.  When given the opportunity to be used by God, Joseph was ready!

Well…he was almost ready.  Let’s go back and look at verse 14 again.

Genesis 41:14
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. (NIV)

Notice that the only thing Joseph needed to be ready to be used by God was a shave and change of clothes.  After a lifetime of struggles, his outward appearance needed cleaned up, but his inward attitude needed no cleansing.  He was ready to act as soon as his time of trial was over.  He didn’t allow his circumstance to change his attitude or his heart towards God.

When we go through the trials of life we will get dirty on the outside.  But like Joseph, I want to keep a clean heart towards God so when the time is right for God to use me all I will need is a shave and a change of clothes!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 18, 2008 8:15 am

    Good stuff bro!

    The only thing is, God tends to use people who never ever shave more than he does those with clean faces!

    Sorry, beards are the way into Gods heart, and your own personal destiny!

    lol!

  2. July 18, 2008 9:13 pm

    True! That’s why I’ve been growing one for 2 years now. It doesn’t grow very fast, though. 😦

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