*WISDOM FOR TODAY.*
*ENGAGEMENT BRINGS REAL CHANGE.*
Genesis 41:41-43 *And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt.*
*And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand, and put it upon Joseph's hand, and arrayed him in vestures of fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck;*
*And he made him to ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried before him, Bow the knee: and he made him ruler over all the land of Egypt.*
*Insight and Highlight.*
Engaging the right people will bring real change
It is important to engage whosoever is fit in order to bring real change.
Only this form of engagement can bring real change.
Joseph was promoted in Egypt.
*Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art:*
*Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou.* Gen 41:39-40
The story of Joseph's promotion teaches us as follows.
First, it teaches us how engaging others other than citizens of a nation encourages national development.
In Gen 41, Pharaoh made Joseph second to him, though he was not an Egyptian.
The passage does not tell us if this position had ever been occupied by someone before Joseph was promoted. From the look of things, this was never so.
One may conclude by the set up of Egypt that such position created for Joseph as second to Pharaoh would go to an Egyptian, not a Hebrew.
Many systems operate on whose turn it is rather than who is fit. Many systems run on how long rather than how well. Many systems run on how young or old not how able.
While the headship of nations is confined to citizens, Joseph's story encourages engaging people of remarkable pedigree in nation building in order to achieve national growth.
Second, Joseph's story teaches us that there are people who may not show interest in governance or may not be in the corridors of power yet their valuable contribution or advice could point us or open our eyes to engaging them in service in order to bring about the effective change and development needed.
Joseph showed no interest in the governance of Egypt, but his gift of interpretation of dreams brought him to prominence.
Third, there are God-fearing people in every system of administration, and the earlier they are found, the better.
While education makes one suitable for the office, he/she is vying for and
while knowledge is power, character stands out as the undisputable test of human integrity. Where all the goodness of life, like education, wealth, health, and fame, are found, if character is missing, all is lost.
Joseph was a proven personality and character, and these made a way for him as a Hebrew in Egypt.
In the Church, engaging out of the bounds of cultural norms and existing out of customary or usual practices often produce more effective and ground-breaking results!
When people who are endowed with God's fear are found, engaging them will bring real change.
Gal 3: 28 *There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.*
*The Christian clarion duty.*
Gen 41:38 *And Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is?*
Lord, help us to pursue engagement that will produce real change in Jesus name.
Good morning. All have a blessed day today.
God bless you.