Now [in the course of time] there was no food in all the land, for the famine was distressingly severe, so that the land of Egypt and all the land of Canaan languished [in destitution and starvation] because of the famine. Joseph gathered all the money that was found in the land of Egypt and in the land of Canaan [in payment] for the grain which they bought, and Joseph brought the money into Pharaoh’s house. (Gen 57: 13-14)
Possessing to increase is the theme of today’s devotion. Everyone of us is created in the image and likeness of God. This means that we look exactly like He does. More than all this is that we are all unique and no one is alike to any other. When God created us He made us each different from our physical appearance to our gifts and talents to our personalities. But He expects a profitable return on the gifts and talents He has given to us.
In the parable of the talents to each according to their capabilities the master gave talents and upon His return there was an accounting for each with what they had done with the talents the master gave them. The one with five talents traded the 5 to get 10, the one with 2 traded the 2 to get 4 and the one with one, fid nothing with his talent and he ended up losing it completely and paining the eternal consequences for being wicked and lazy.
Each one of us has a God given talent, the question is whether we are using them, trading them for increase or we have possessed them to preserve them. Joseph was gifted in understanding the Lord, through his relationship with Him, therefore he was a good interpreter of dreams and he was a good manager or steward.
He actively used these gifts he traded them to possess more from prison to palace and then in the palace he traded his management gift for increase and he brought Pharaoh all this success. Remember we said Pharaoh represents God Almighty our Heavenly Father and Joseph represents Jesus Christ who the Son of God.
In this case Joseph brings Pharaoh all the wealth of the Egyptians including money , land and labour. The same way we are to use our talent to glorify the Lord, because in the end, we will account to Him what increase we brought Him by trading with the talents He has gifted us.Let’s see how Joseph did it:
Joseph gathered all the money that was found in the land of Egypt and in the land of Canaan [in payment] for the grain which they bought, and Joseph brought the money into Pharaoh’s house. And when the money was exhausted in the land of Egypt and in the land of Canaan, all the Egyptians came to Joseph and said, “Give us food! Why should we die before your very eyes? For our money is gone.” Joseph said, “Give up your livestock, and I will give you food in exchange for your livestock, since the money is gone.” So they brought their livestock to Joseph, and he gave them food in exchange for the horses and the flocks and the herds and the donkeys; and he supplied them with food in exchange for all their livestock that year. When that year was ended, they came to him the next year and said to him, “We will not hide from my lord [the fact] that our money is spent; my lord also has our herds of livestock; there is nothing left in the sight of my lord but our bodies and our lands. Why should we die before your eyes, both we and our land? Buy us and our land in exchange for food, and we and our land will be servants to Pharaoh. And give us seed [to plant], that we may live and not die, and that the land may not be desolate.” Genesis 47:14-19
Joseph traded his talent in management until he accumulated all the wealth in Egypt and he enriched Pharaoh’s house and of course he was well off. Indeed blessed are the meek (good steward) for they shall inherit the earth.
Discover your gift through a relationship with Jesus Christ, the Lord and trade them in order to increase for the glory of the Lord.