Genesis 41:16 “I cannot do it,” Joseph replied to Pharaoh, “but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires.”
Many years ago, I was working for a company in which I was climbing the ladder. I was being promoted and was moving up quickly. I recall many days in which I was being stretched beyond my ability. My boss or even district manager would ask me to do things that I didn’t know how to do. At first, I was not very confident and would tell them I was unsure if I could do it: “Um… I have no idea!” But I had a manager one time tell me that the answer should simply be, “No problem. I’ll get it done.” So this became my answer. When I was given something I didn’t know how to do, I figured it out. I found people who knew and they helped me. Because of that, I became trusted. There didn’t seem to be anything I couldn’t do. That wasn’t remotely true, but it seemed that way since I always said, “I’ll get it done.” Kind of risky, don’t you think? But God gave me favor and it worked. If only I had given Him some of the credit.
In Genesis 41, Joseph didn’t have a problem giving God the credit right up front. He was asked to do a job by the highest authority in the land and his response was, “I can’t do it.” But before the Pharaoh sent him back to the prison, he followed up with, “but God can and will.” To answer like that requires both faith and absence of fear. You can’t care what others will think about you. You can’t question whether or not God will pull it off. You just have to trust that He will.
I wonder sometimes how well we do at giving God the glory for something He deserves glory for. I see people operate in their gifting and take for granted that God is the one who gave it to them. A word of prophecy shouldn’t glorify the giver, but should glorify God. A song of worship should draw attention to Jesus, not the singer. Yet we go along taking all the credit for things that God pulled off. Not Joseph – He was clear about who was really doing the work. I think it would be a good idea if we did the same.
*In what places in your life do you take the glory for things that God is doing? In what places are you afraid to speak up where God is working?