|Beyond My Power, But Not Out Of God’s Hands
By Greg Sanders
Genesis 41:16“It is beyond my power to do this,” Joseph replied. “But God can tell you what it means and set you at ease.”
There are certain times in life when you desire to appear smart, accomplished, and in control. Joseph had a moment like that when he stood before Pharaoh with the task of interpreting a dream. However, Joseph did not respond with self-promotion or with self-confidence. Instead of using this opportunity to promote himself he used this moment to point to God. Joseph realized that this was beyond his power, but it was not out of God’s hands.
This moment in Pharaoh’s court would determine Joseph’s freedom, his future, and the fate of his family. This moment was clearly a defining moment in Joseph’s life. The defining moments of our lives are those moments when we respond with confidence in God instead of confidence in ourselves.
How can we respond with confidence in God?
- Remember that God is the master orchestrator. Joseph is standing before Pharaoh not out of chance but out of God’s prescribed plan for his life.
- Remember that God gives you the power to do what He calls you to do. Only when the task seems over our heads do we really learn to lean in and trust God. God does not put you in impossible situations for you to show your power, but because He desires to show His power.
- Remember that God operates in the supernatural. Your natural ability is no limitation to the supernatural ability that God desires to operate in you and through you. Your impossible situation may just be an invitation to discover more of His power and His grace than you have ever known.
Today’s Challenge: When you stand before great people and great tasks make sure your objective is to honor God and not yourself. When opportunities and trials seem to be beyond your power, remember they are still in God’s hands.