“I cannot do it,” Joseph replied to Pharoah, “but God will give Pharoah the answer he desires.”
Of course, this is Joseph’s response to Pharoah’s request of Joseph to interpret his dreams about the cows and grains. It’s a short verse, and seemingly unimportant, and it is highly likely that most of us would scramble right past it without giving it much thought. But I realized today that often my attitude is not anything like Joseph’s here. I don’t give God credit when I use my skills that I am most known for (though, I’m not exactly sure which skills those would be). I am so self-absorbed that I don’t stop to remember that it is not me, but Christ in me that enables me to do anything.
Its been a little hectic lately what with my moving and my recent comments about Catholicism, that I have almost forgotten my first love and have not had a quiet time in a few days. Well, this morning I decided that I should start that again, especially if I am to find truth. So I picked up at Genesis 25, which is where I left off. This chapter begins with the deaths of Abraham and Ishmael and the blessings that their descendents, and in the case of Abraham, his non-Isaac descendents, received. In the second half of the chapter, Jacob and Esau are born, and Esau sells his birthright to Jacob. In all of this I see that God does not work by our cultural norms. In that time, and maybe even heavily in our time, the heir of your blessing was the firstborn son, but God has continually given the blessings and promises to sons other than the firstborn and Jacob and Esau are no exception. We cannot expect God to work within our cultural means. He can, but he is not confined by them. We need to let God do his work in his way and stop pretending that our culture has got everything right. Our way is not always the best, our way is certainly not God’s only way. That’s pretty much what I have to say, although, when I journaled earlier today on the topic, I didn’t do it on our culture, more about the idea that God has blessed everyone, not just the immediate heirs of the promise.