Day 10 Devo - The Witness of the Spirit

So Pharaoh asked them, "Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom is the Spirit of God?" Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Since God has made all this known to you, there is no one so discerning and wise as you. You shall be in charge of my palace, and all my people are to submit to your orders." (Genesis 41:38-40a)

Pharaoh was not a Jew, or a worshiper of the one true God that the Jews worshipped. He was the king of the idolatrous nation of Egypt, and worshipped many false gods. He was not looking for the Lord, but God revealed Himself to him anyway, through a young Hebrew named Joseph. Pharaoh saw in Joseph a wisdom and a power that transcended anything he had ever seen before. He saw a mysterious understanding of the mind of God and His purposes. What Pharaoh saw in Joseph was the Spirit of God. Pharaoh had such a respect for this supernatural Presence, and such confidence in the anointing which God had given to Joseph, that he made Joseph the ruler over all Egypt, second only to himself.

Joseph himself was a slave, sold into captivity by his own brothers, framed for attempted rape, and wrongly imprisoned in Egypt. These are certainly not very good qualifications to become prime minister of a large and wealthy nation. It was the Spirit in Joseph that enabled him to be an effective witness of the one true God. Even the idolatrous Pharaoh recognized this Spirit in Joseph.

Point to Ponder:

To be effective witnesses of Jesus Christ, we must have the witness of the Holy Spirit in us. Our abilities alone cannot show the world God's Presence or lead anyone into His fellowship. If we are filled with the Spirit, others will recognize the respond to the One living in us.