We Make and Impact as Stewards of Kingdom Promise
Dr. Ken Hemphill
Thirteen chapters of Genesis tell the story of the life of Joseph. We could summarize lessons learned from his life as follows: In every circumstance God is at word for our good and His glory as He advanced His Kingdom.
We first meet Joseph in Genesis chapter 35 as he and Benjamin are introduced as the sons of Rachel. Rachel was the favorite wife of Jacob and Joseph the favorite son. Joseph’s story resumes in chapter 37 when he, at age 17, was shepherding the flock along with his brothers. There we are told of his brother’s animosity toward him.
Even as a young man, Joseph knew he would play a critical leadership role in his family. His father’s favor and young Joseph’s vision of greatness prompted Joseph’s brothers to plot against him. He was sold into slavery and ended up as a servant in the house of Potiphar, an Egyptian officer. Moses, the writer of Genesis, reminds us that the “Lord was with Joseph, and he became a successful man…” (Genesis 39:2, HCSB).
Joseph’s life was not without challenges. A man of integrity, he refused the advances of Potiphar’s wife and was thrown in prison. But God had given Joseph the gift of dream interpretation, which eventually landed him the court of Pharaoh.
Joseph interpreted Pharaoh’s troubling dream. Egypt would have seven years of plenty followed by seven years of famine. Joseph provided a stewardship plan that would enable Egypt to prosper during times of plenty and of want. He was made a ruler in Egypt and saved many from starvation, including his own family.
When we view our entire lives in the context of stewardship and seek God’s purpose in every circumstance, we will find that He is always at work.