Then Pharaoh spoke to Joseph, saying, “Your father and your brothers have come to you. The land of Egypt is before you. Have your father and brothers dwell in the best of the land; let them dwell in the land of Goshen. And if you know any competent men among them, then make them chief herdsmen over my livestock.” (Genesis 47:5-6)
After presenting his father and five of his brothers to Pharaoh, Joseph is given the license to situate his family in, according to Pharaoh’s own words, “the best of the land.” Moreover, Pharaoh exhibits his trust and respect for Joseph by allowing him to appoint some of his brethren as the supervisors of Pharaoh’s own herd. Here it becomes clear that the favor God had bestowed upon Joseph was not just for him but for the benefit of his entire family. It is also clear that notable people — kings in fact — recognized the favor upon Joseph and this people and responded accordingly.
It is easy for us, as God’s people, to recognize the disdain and contempt that the world has for us. They mock, scorn and abuse provoking us to cry out to God. But we must also consider that there are times when those in the world recognize God’s favor and blessing upon us prompting them to show respect for us and our God. In those times, let’s not forget to thank our Heavenly Father and give him glory.
According to Isaiah there is coming a day when darkness will overtake the world — a deep darkness as the prophet describes it. But in that darkness, something incredible will happen. Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the Lord will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising. (Isaiah 60:1-3)
Though darkness will abound — and with that we should expect aggression and accusation from the world — still, God’s Presence will be observed among His people. His glory will be so evident, to the point, that kings and leaders will be drawn to us, but more importantly, the One who dwells in us. Let us be thankful that we know Him and have the opportunity to demonstrate His power and His mercy to those we encounter in this life. May we always represent Him faithfully.
Blessings and Shalom,