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A Series of Unfortunate Events

Joseph answered Pharaoh, “It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh a favorable answer.”

Whether in a movie or a book, we all look forward to the hero coming out on top. I know I’m not the only person who cheers when the cupbearer finally remembers Joseph and tells Pharaoh about Joseph’s gift of interpreting dreams. After being sold into slavery, thrown into prison for a crime he didn’t commit and being forgotten by the cupbearer, God’s big plans for Joseph were unfolding.

I imagine, when the prison guards were releasing him to meet with Pharaoh, Joseph felt nervous, afraid and excited at the same time. Was this his big break?

After Pharaoh describes his dream, Joseph immediately confesses that he himself cannot interpret it. Instead, Joseph gives God the credit for it all. Joseph had the chance to impress Pharaoh, to gain all the glory, but he didn’t.

Joseph’s humbleness in Chapter 41 is a stark contrast to the pridefulness he displays in his youth in recounting his dreams to his brothers (Genesis 37). All of the unfortunate events Joseph endured helped to shape and mold him into a greater man of God.


  • Are you growing and changing as you face uncertain circumstances and obstacles in life?
  • Are you putting your faith in God and giving Him the glory, even after you have had success following unfortunate events?

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