"Joseph answered Pharaoh, 'It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh a favorable answer.'"
Do I acknowledge God as quickly as Joseph? In this situation, it would be understandable if Joseph wanted some recognition in the hope of getting out of jail. Instead, he immediately gives God all the credit.
It seems like a young man; Joseph might have been prideful. After all, he was his father's favorite, and he did have all the dreams of his family bowing down to him.
Exodus 15:7 provides the first usage of the Hebrew word we translate as pride. It is used to describe the greatness of the LORD. The word is translated as majesty. It is the same word used in Proverbs 16:18, "Pride goes before destruction." I wonder if Adam and Eve's attempt to be like God was a desire for His majesty. In sinful man, it's just pride. How far would God go to destroy pride in His children?
Lord God, forgive me of my pridefulness. I want to be humble like my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He humbled Himself in obedience to You even to the point of death. Holy Spirit, please teach me to humble myself to the place of dying to self to live for my King.
I am impressed with individuals who are singularly focused. I am not that disciplined. I fear I am more like a hummingbird flitting from flower to flower. Jesus is a uniquely focused man. Peter wants to talk about the fig tree, but Jesus attempts to refocus Peter on his faith in God. I am like Peter. I notice the effect and miss the cause.
Jesus, thank You for the example of Peter. The effect of Your Spirit's work in his life is evident. The same man who could so quickly put his foot in his mouth becomes the one whose mouth You used to proclaim the Gospel on Pentecost. May I become as singular in Your use of me.
"Leave me alone, for my days are a breath. What is man, that you make so much of him, and that you set your heart on him."
Job is not the only one to wonder why God makes so much of man. After observing the greatness of the heavens in Psalm 8:3, David asks the same thing "What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?"
In Psalm 144:3-4, David expresses the same interest as Job's in this passage, "O LORD, what is man that you regard him, or the son of man that you think of him? Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow."
As a young man, I never thought of life in the way Job, and David did. However, I as I have aged, it sure seems to have gone by very quickly—like breath or passing shadow. As that reality settles in, I, like Paul, want to finish the race well. In 2 Timothy 4:7-8 Paul says he has fought the good fight, finished the race, and kept the faith. Therefore, a crown of righteousness awaits him and all who love the appearance of Jesus.
Father, thank You for being mindful of me. May I be one who fought the good fight, finished the race, kept the faith and loved the appearance of Your Son.