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Joseph: A Man Discreet and Wise (Genesis 41:33-40)

Introductory Thoughts

Joseph went through so many trials and tribulations that at times he must have questioned if he had been forsaken of God. Our passage picks up the story with Joseph unjustly imprisoned. Pharaoh had a dream and called the wise men of the land together for the interpretation. All of Egypt’s wise men could not interpret the dream, but Joseph could. God revealed to Joseph the impending famine with detailed information on how to prepare for it. He instructed Pharaoh on how to gather during the time of plenty to prepare for the famine. These guidelines would allow Egypt to survive and even increase throughout the period of famine. Joseph also counselled Pharaoh to set a man over the land of Egypt who was “discreet and wise.” Pharaoh told his servants that Joseph was the only one who could adequately do the task because he was “a man in whom the Spirit of God” resided. Joseph’s acts of discretion not only led Egypt through the famine but also provided for Joseph’s family when they too would come to Egypt in need of food (see Genesis chapter 42).

Devotional Thoughts

  • (For children): God wants us to always think of ways we can help others. Sometimes simple things are most helpful. How would taking off your muddy shoes at the door help mom? How would getting your toys out of the driveway help dad? How could you help if a younger child was crying or needed help to get a drink of water?
  • (For everyone): Who gave Joseph both wisdom and discretion? Does God want to give you both wisdom and discretion? Are you willing to ask the Lord for help? James 1:5 says, If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
  • Who received the benefits from Josephs discretion? Who might receive benefit if you were discreet in your decisions? Are you concerned about those around you enough to live with discretion?

Prayer Thoughts

  • Ask God to show you the effect your choices have on others.
  • Ask God to give you wisdom to make the right choices in life.


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