Thanks for the song Brigid 🙂 I got it off your post this morning!
1 These are the names of the sons of Israel who went to Egypt with Jacob, each with his family: 2 Reuben, Simeon, Levi and Judah; 3 Issachar, Zebulun and Benjamin; 4 Dan and Naphtali; Gad and Asher. 5 The descendants of Jacob numbered seventy in all; Joseph was already in Egypt.
6 Now Joseph and all his brothers and all that generation died, 7 but the Israelites were exceedingly fruitful; they multiplied greatly, increased in numbersand became so numerous that the land was filled with them.
In the beginning of this chapter we see how God brought Israel from the brink of destruction in a famine to being one of the most numerous people in a foreign land. However, what happens next is the norm. So when you’re prospering and seeing great victories EXPECT the world to push back. 🙂 but this story doesn’t end here!!
8 Then a new king, to whom Joseph meant nothing, came to power in Egypt. 9 “Look,” he said to his people, “the Israelites have become far too numerous for us.10 Come, we must deal shrewdly with them or they will become even more numerous and, if war breaks out, will join our enemies, fight against us and leave the country.”
I think it is curious that Joseph was obedient to God and allowed Him to established value in Joseph. Pharaoh had the Israelites there because they weren’t selfishly taking, they had been instrumental in providing for them (Egyptians). Yet now we find a generation that has lost it’s “saltiness” or usefulness. So instead of looking around and seeing a group of people investing in the Egyptians and being valuable, all the new Pharaoh saw when he looked around was people who were numerous but not being useful.
As God’s vessels/tools we need to assure we are being useful in the Spirit. We need to always be evaluating our life and asking for Him to guide us so that we are not just parasites pulling from the world and focusing on what we “need.” God has given us great potential and usefulness, but He won’t force it upon us. “2 Timothy 2:20In a wealthy home some utensils are made of gold and silver, and some are made of wood and clay. The expensive utensils are used for special occasions, and the cheap ones are for everyday use. 21If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work.”
Let us seek righteousness so that we can be useful, not because we think it saves us!! 🙂
Spend 1-2 minutes thanking God for using you even though you are flawed, then spend 2-3 minutes praying for God to help you see areas in your life you need to “clean” so that you can be useful.
If you are praying for God to make you useful, find those ways! God has people all around you that need to hear truth. They may be saved or unsaved. Regardless of HOW He wants to use you, if you are believing that Scripture in 2 Timothy and walking in that truth you WILL be used!! 🙂