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Use Your Power for Good

“And Reuben answered them, ‘Did I not tell you not to sin against the boy? But you did not listen. So now there comes a reckoning for his blood.’” Genesis 42:22

My dad was a man radically changed by Jesus. Jesus rescued him from a life of sin and misery and he became a very obvious follower, telling anyone who would listen, and quite a few who wouldn’t, about their need for a Savior.

Because of his faith, his supervisor despised him and did everything in his power to make Dad’s life miserable. He got the worst assignments, shifts and pay of anyone on his team.

When the company was acquired by a larger one, all the workers were asked to participate in management-level interviews. Their comments about the state of the company and old management team would be held in the “strictest confidence” and be taken very seriously. My dad realized this was his golden opportunity to get even with his supervisor. Instead, he told the new management group the positive aspects of his job and supervisor.

Little about the company changed after the acquisition – except for Dad’s supervisor. He realized what my dad had done and through it saw his faith as genuine. Later that year, my dad was in a serious car wreck and his supervisor worked to secure the best pay and most favorable leave of absence terms during Dad’s recovery. 

In Genesis 42, Joseph found himself in a position of power over the people that had wronged him. He restrained his instinct to get even because he “feared God.” Sometimes the test of our faith isn’t hardship but power. Abraham Lincoln said, “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.”


  • Have you ever been in a position where you had power over someone who had wronged you? How did you handle that? Do you need to ask forgiveness from that person?
  • In the Gospels, Jesus was always in power over those who had wronged Him, yet He chose to act as Joseph did, because He “feared God" and because He knew that revenge belongs to God. Do you fear God enough to trust Him, even with those people who have wronged you?

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