Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Thursday, April 30, 2020

Theme: PROMOTION

Text: “And Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is? And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art” – Genesis 41:38,39.

Comment: Before a company promotes an employee to a particular position, it ensures that the person is able to handle the added responsibilities by screening the employee with interviews and tests and giving them training or on-the-job experience.  The instance of Joseph in the land of ancient Egypt as is in the text for today is a familiar one.  Having gotten some glimpse about the spiritual worth of Joseph who had been in prison, Pharaoh stated: “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… See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt… I am Pharoah, and without thee shall no man lift up his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.” – Genesis 41:40-44.

Other instances of servants of God who were promoted on merit by the grace of God, were Daniel in the kingdom of Persia, (Daniel 6);  Mordecai, (Esther chapters 2 – 8); etc.  There is nothing wrong in wishing to be promoted in our endeavours but the promotion must be on the basis of what one essentially is and what one truly deserves: it must be at the instance of God Almighty Who uses men to make it materialize in His own time.  The Holy Bible says: “For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD will give grace and glory,: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.” – Psalm 84:11.