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How To Respond When Life Rewards You (3 of 7)
Series: Lessons For Life From Joseph's Journal
Message Truth: Just as it is important to learn how to respond when life is unfair, it is also important to learn how to respond when life brings reward. When we respond with faith, wisdom, and grace it gives credibility to the message we proclaim.
Introduction: The story is told of a man who was drafted into the armed forces. Wherever he went he would stoop to pick up any piece of paper which was on the ground. And every time he picked up a piece of paper, he would look at it, shake his head no, and then throw it away. It didn't take long for his superiors to become aware of his actions and to determine to find the underlying cause. Finally, in desperation, they granted him a medical discharge. The soldier was summoned to the office of his superior officer and was handed the official form, which granted his release. Looking carefully at it, he exclaimed, ''This is it! This is what I've been looking for!''
Many of us are like that soldier in that we go through life waiting for the one big break that will turn our life around and that will give us riches and fame, prosperity and power. For some, that break is thought to come from Wall Street, and it will be written in the Dow Jones Averages. For others, the lucky break is expected to come in Nashville, Hollywood, or Las Vegas. Most of us tend to think of our success as coming from some life-changing, momentous event.
It is very easy to misunderstand Genesis 41 by superimposing this false conception of success on the experience of Joseph when he was exalted to the second highest position in all of Egypt. We may look at the dreams of Pharaoh and the mention of Joseph by the cupbearer as the lucky break of Joseph's life, which broke the chain of frustrating turns of events, which had previously plagued him
Genesis 41 does not tell us the entire story, however. It merely provides us ...
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