“33 ‘And now let Pharaoh look for a discerning and wise man and put him in charge of the land of Egypt. 34 Let Pharaoh appoint commissioners over the land to take a fifth of the harvest of Egypt during the seven years of abundance. 35 They should collect all the food of these good years that are coming and store up the grain under the authority of Pharaoh, to be kept in the cities for food. 36 This food should be held in reserve for the country, to be used during the seven years of famine that will come upon Egypt, so that the country may not be ruined by the famine.’37 The plan seemed good to Pharaoh and to all his officials. 38 So Pharaoh asked them, ‘Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom is the spirit of God?’39 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, ‘Since God has made all this known to you, there is no one so discerning and wise as you. 40 You shall be in charge of my palace, and all my people are to submit to your orders. Only with respect to the throne will I be greater than you.’ ‘ NIV

“Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom is the spirit of God?” (38).

When Pharaoh spoke these words, he surely had little idea of their full implication? He wasn’t saying what a believer might be expressing in using similar words. He was a pagan king, and he did not have a working knowledge of Biblical theology. But this he did know: there was something different about Joseph. He felt it; sensed it; heard it; saw it. He was different and it had something to do with his God.

So it is that by the Spirit of God any Christian may have an influence on their world: in government, politics, education, in the office or on the shop floor – wherever the will of God may take them.

‘To me, ‘twas not the truth you taught, to you so clear, to me so dim

But when you came to me you brought a sense of Him.

And from your eyes He beckons me,

And from your heart His love is shed,

Till I lose sight of you, and see the Christ instead.’

Prayer: Lord Jesus, may our light so shine before people that, seeing our good deeds, they will glorify the Father in heaven