Read Genesis 41 – One call can change everything. One moment can stop time and your life will forever be measured as before and after.
It is roughly the 13th year after Joseph’s life went from before, living as the happy younger brother in his fathers house… to after, after being thrown in a well, after slavery, after false accusations, after imprisonment. And today we find Joseph getting another call.
Pharaoh has a dream he just can’t let go of. He shares it with all of the magicians and wise men of Egypt, and none can interpret the dream. Now, remember the cup-bearer, he would have been close by as Pharaoh was sharing his dream with his advisors. Starting in :9 he speaks up, telling Pharaoh about this young Hebrew man he met in prison. Verse :14 tells us, “Pharaoh sent for Joseph at once, and he was quickly brought up from the prison. After he shaved and changed his clothes, he went in and stood before Pharaoh.”
Beloved, you have had a call, your life is before Salvation and after. And you will get another, when you are all cleaned up, clothed in Jesus, standing before God in heaven.
But, back to Joseph. When Pharaoh tells Joseph why he summoned him, Joseph responds just as he did before, “It is beyond my power to do this,” Joseph replied, “But God can tell you what it means and set you at ease.” :16 I CAN’T, BUT GOD CAN. Hold onto that, Beloved.
The dream is clarified and Joseph advises placing an intelligent, wise man in charge of the entire land of Egypt, and to collect and store 1/5th of all the crops in the abundant years. Pharaoh consults his advisors, :38, and they all agree that Joseph is the man for the job. On the spot, Joseph is elevated from prisoner to the highest ranking official in all of Egypt, just under Pharaoh himself.
Beloved, live ready. One never knows when the call will come that changes everything.