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Joseph experienced restoration beyond what anyone other than God could imagine.  Not only was he released from prison, restored to a position of prominence and blessed with a lovely wife and kids, but, in the years of abundance, Joseph was able to store enough food for the world to survive.  The counts grew so large that counting became impossible.  We are , in the midst of the abundance, the wealth and the restoration, Joseph remained vigilant, humble and devoted to God.  The result was astounding.  Usually, as things become better, we become worse.  We become selfish, prideful and independent. But, the scripture does not indicate any of that happened to Joseph or to the Egyptians.  The verses indicate a spirit of cooperation and as a result unity. Joseph’s attitude literally became the attitude of the nation.

When God’s folk, do as God leads, they see great things in their lives. In addition, they begin to affect the world around them and as they do—God takes center stage.  His impact consistently brings out what is best and brightest in all of us.  Similarly, our impact on others can be such as to draw them to Christ.  On this Holy week—we celebrate Christ’s sacrifice and restoration of the world to God.  Like Joseph’s story, that restoration was complete and awe inspiring.  We have to remain humble and focused as Joseph did.  And then we simply need to watch as God shows his greatness and generosity.

God Bless You

Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I am Pharaoh, but without your word no one will lift hand or foot in all Egypt.” 45 Pharaoh gave Joseph the name Zaphenath-Paneah and gave him Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On,[d] to be his wife. And Joseph went throughout the land of Egypt.

46 Joseph was thirty years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from Pharaoh’s presence and traveled throughout Egypt. 47 During the seven years of abundance the land produced plentifully. 48 Joseph collected all the food produced in those seven years of abundance in Egypt and stored it in the cities. In each city he put the food grown in the fields surrounding it. 49 Joseph stored up huge quantities of grain, like the sand of the sea; it was so much that he stopped keeping records because it was beyond measure.

50 Before the years of famine came, two sons were born to Joseph by Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On. 51 Joseph named his firstborn Manasseh[e] and said, “It is because God has made me forget all my trouble and all my father’s household.” 52 The second son he named Ephraim[f] and said, “It is because God has made me fruitful in the land of my suffering.”