While in prison, Joseph gained a reputation for being able to interpret dreams (Genesis 40). When Pharaoh had some disturbing dreams, he was told about a prisoner who might be able to give him an interpretation, so he called for Joseph. God enabled Joseph to explain to Pharaoh that the dreams meant that there would be seven years of abundant crops, followed by seven years of terrible famine.
Joseph not only interpreted the dreams for Pharaoh, he also gave him a plan for how to survive the coming famine. He suggested that they store up food from the years of abundance and hold it in reserve to see them through the lean years.
Pharaoh not only thought that this was a good idea, but he also gave Joseph the responsibility of executing the plan. Joseph was put in charge of the whole land of Egypt, second only to Pharaoh himself (Genesis 41).
Joseph’s family was also affected by the famine, and they came to Egypt to buy food in order to survive (Genesis 42). Thus, Joseph was instrumental in keeping alive the young Israelite nation, through whom the Savior of the world, Jesus, would come.
From this episode we learn the importance of planning ahead. When God brings success to our plans, we help others in ways that we can’t even imagine. It’s all a part of God’s plan to save the world through Jesus. And he so graciously allows us to be a part of His plan!
“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”—Colossians 3:17.