Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | April 21, 2022

“It is not in me; God will give”

Today’s devotion comes from Genesis 41:1-16.  Here is a link to this Scripture –

I quote only the following verses.

“Now it happened at the end of two full years that Pharaoh had a dream, and behold, he was standing by the Nile.  …  Now in the morning his spirit was troubled, so he sent and called for all the magicians of Egypt, and all its wise men.  And Pharaoh told them his dreams, but there was no one who could interpret them to Pharaoh.

Then the chief cupbearer spoke to Pharaoh, saying, “I would make mention today of my own offenses.  Pharaoh was furious with his servants, and he put me in confinement in the house of the captain of the bodyguard, both me and the chief baker.  We had a dream on the same night, he and I;  each of us dreamed according to the interpretation of his own dream.  Now a Hebrew youth was with us there, a servant of the captain of the bodyguard, and we related them to him, and he interpreted our dreams for us.  To each one he interpreted according to his own dream.  And just as he interpreted for us, so it happened; he restored me in my office, but he hanged him.”

Then Pharaoh sent and called for Joseph, and they hurriedly brought him out of the dungeon;  and when he had shaved himself and changed his clothes, he came to Pharaoh.  Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I have had a dream, but no one can interpret it;  and I have heard it said about you, that when you hear a dream you can interpret it.”  Joseph then answered Pharaoh, saying, “It is not in me;  God will give Pharaoh a favorable answer.” Genesis 41:1 and 8-16.


In yesterday’s devotion, we covered a similar theme.  Joseph had correctly interpreted the dreams of the chief cupbearer and the chief baker, but Joseph knew that he would not be able to interpret their dreams if God had not given him the ability to interpret their dreams.  “…  Then Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God?  Tell it to me, please.”  Genesis 40:8.  We then specifically considered that we also cannot understand the bigger and more mysterious and more important things, namely things pertaining to salvation, unless God grants us the ability to understand, discern, and believe these things pertaining to salvation.

In today’s Scripture, we read:  “Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I have had a dream, but no one can interpret it;  and I have heard it said about you, that when you hear a dream you can interpret it.”  Joseph then answered Pharaoh, saying, “It is not in me;  God will give Pharaoh a favorable answer.”

Today, we will more generally consider the broader theme that God gives us all that we need under the partial quote of Joseph which we use as the title to this devotion:  “It is not in me;  God will give”.

“For who regards you as superior?  What do you have that you did not receive?  And if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?”  1 Corinthians 4:7.

“But when Peter saw this, he replied to the people, “Men of Israel, why are you amazed at this, or why do you gaze at us, as if by our own power or piety we had made him walk?”  Acts 3:12. 

“What then is Apollos?  And what is Paul?  Servants through whom you believed, even as the Lord gave opportunity to each one.  I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth.  So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth.”  1 Corinthians 3:5-7.

“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit.  And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord.  There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons.  But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.  For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit;  to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, and to another the effecting of miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues.  But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills.”  1 Corinthians 12:4-11.

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”  Ephesians 2:10.

“for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”  Philippians 2:13.

“9 “Remember the former things long past,
For I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is no one like Me,
10 Declaring the end from the beginning,
And from ancient times things which have not been done,
Saying, ‘My purpose will be established,
And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’;
11 Calling a bird of prey from the east,
The man of My purpose from a far country.
Truly I have spoken; truly I will bring it to pass.
I have planned it, surely I will do it.” Isaiah 46:9-11.


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