February 8

Genesis 41:1-36

Seven fat cows

Joseph had been in prison for a long time when the king of Egypt had a dream. The king dreamed he was standing at the Nile River when he saw seven thin cows eat up seven fat cows; but the thin cows stayed thin.

When the king woke up, he remembered the dream and called his wise men and magicians, hoping that they could explain the dream to him. But no one could!

One of the king’s servants, who had been in prison with Joseph, remembered that Joseph had told him the meaning of his dream. He told the king about Joseph. So the king sent for him.

Joseph said to the king, “I cannot tell you the meaning of your dream, but God can. This is what it means. There will be seven years of plenty followed by seven years of famine. You must store up food during the seven good years so that you will have enough during the seven years of famine.”

Will God give me the right words to say?

Do you think Joseph was nervous when he stood in front of the king? What if he couldn’t figure out the king’s dream either? Thoughts of staying in prison for life, or even being killed, wouldn’t be helpful when everyone’s eyes were on him.

But Joseph remembered how—through a dream—God had showed him what would happen in his life. He told the king that God alone could give him the meaning of his dream, and God did!

If you honor God as Joseph did, He will also give you the right words to say as you trust Him to guide your thoughts.

Verse for today

“Do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say” Luke 12:11b-12.