■ Genesis 41:25~42
The title of today’s word God gives to you and me is “a trouble shooter”.
In our lives, manifold troubles haunter. The one that breaks through the crisis is called “a leader.” It doesn’t matter whether the leader graduated from one of the leading schools or not. Gender or age doesn’t matter, either.
Joseph solved the crisis of the most powerful nation at the age of his thirty. The king who had dreamed a dreadful dream by God was caught in a horror, shuddered and then looked for a trouble shooter.
So many magicians, wise men and foreseers called for only to prove to be unable to interpret his dream. At that time, finally God moved Joseph forward, had him solve the trouble and lead the process of turning Pharaoh’s kingdom into God’s Kingdom.
God’s Kingdomization methodology
Verse 28, It is just as I have told Pharaoh: God has revealed to Pharaoh what He is about to do.
God created whole universe. Man had fallen and sinned : building his own Tower of Babel and ruling all by themselves. God uses his methodology to switch the reign of man, of Satan, and of beasts back to the new order of God’s Kingdom.
This is the principle God established at the time of His first creation. God uses this same principle both in the years of old and these days. It is so much the same that the law of universal gravitation was ever before Newton had discovered it and is still now. We’d better know this principle well. It is threefold method that God uses to expand His Kingdom.
First, the seeming-neat-and-sound nation, church, company, or family, to where people glut and be well-off, God throws a crisis. God thumps. Before the king of Ninevah, a stranger named “Jonah” shows up like out of nowhere and cries “this city shall be destroyed in forty days. The word “shall be destroyed” was such a horror as to recall Sodom and Gomorrah’s swipe-off. Thus God occurs a disturbance.
We ought to know the reason why such disturbances happen. The cause has to be defined. As a doctor first investigate the causes of the disease and then make out a prescription and heal, we should know the cause of crisis and confusion.
Secondly, God bursts the trouble shooter on in order to break through the crisis using the revelation and strategy of God.
Thirdly, by his breaking through the crisis with people from top to bottom kneeling to him, he receives the territory.
God is working all the same as before and now in these threefold method: making crisis, showing up the trouble shooter and receiving the territory in order to expand the kingdom of God: kingdomization. Bible shows such examples as Daniel, Esther, Joseph and so forth.
The trouble shooter becomes a leader, so, in the name of the Lord I bless you, may you be one of God’s trouble shooter in each and every moment of crisis in life. People of which the lives are tinted in particular manners. The very distinctive features of those persons are summarized as these three.
First, they live only for others.
Some people are all for the sake of themselves only to live for belly and die.
However, there are other kind of people who activate history and nations, have kingdom of God come true and bear habits of living for others since at the very early stages of years. Joseph cared after his father’s sheep since he was a young child. He lived a bottomed life at the house of Potiphar, the captain of the guard, during his 13 years’ immigration lives.
He had never lived for his own sake. When he was mistreated and shut into jail, he never lost his heart but served other prisoners. His whole life of 110 years turned out to be for others. Jesus said “the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.”(Mark 10:45). May such servanthood as ‘carry his own cross’, ‘not as my will but as Your will’ and ‘I die every day’ be the lives of you and me.
Now I would like us to reflect on our parenting. Perhaps we are bringing up our children only to become intelligent and not to be a helper. But the Lord’s idea of people who are above all nations is those who live for many other people. And that’s the same principles as those of Kingdomizer : “Earn money for others, work hard for others, give others and that a lot, give others the most precious, Jesus.”
So, from now on let us biblically and consistently teach our children to at all costs live for others, be of use to others and let us also crucify ourselves in the cross daily as we parent our children in this way.
Secondly, they walk with God.
Joseph managed to stand all alone since young while all others were doing misbehaviors and enjoying evils. Bible says (Revelation 2:26), “he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations”, not to him who tread on the church yard, so I bless you in the name of the Lord, may you overcome evils.
We ought to overcome the world. God commanded us to go in a narrow way. Therefore let us pay taxes correctly, while others keep an off-the-book account. The era of righteous governing is on the threshold of arriving, when a true and honest person shall become a leader. Romans chapter 8 says “the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.” Here, sons of God are godly persons.
I bless you, may you be honest as God in the name of the Lord. Joseph walked with God since young. He walked with God to become a reliable person. He was reliable and was casted upon with all things.
Then how is it that the more Christians there are, the more things smell rotten in this nation? Do we have a true light? If we lose taste of salt, we shall be trodden by the world as we see. Then, let us be the true light in this thick darkness.
Thirdly, they are well qualified with spirituality and strategies.
God equipped Joseph in two ways: spirituality and strategies. Spirituality is a revelation, that of God, which means to hear His voice. Joseph interpreted 14 year’s coming history by God’s revelation. To be filled with this history-interpreting knowledge of God, the revelation of God, the spirituality, we need to bow down before the throne of the Lord daily.
Joel 2:28 says, “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.” The Holy Spirit is the spirit of prophecy. He shows the future, interprets the history, and guides steps into the living accorded with the voice of God.
Verse 37 “the thing was good in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of all his servants.” There was a stir. They shouted hurray for there came out one trouble shooter. Verse 38 “Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is?” Joseph didn’t ever once told them to believe in my God. Instead, God manifested Himself in his living. I don’t mean to say that we ought not to preach gospel, rather say that we ought to recover the essence and prototype of our evangelization.
It is time we ought to show our belief and our faith not by only our lips, but by our everyday lives. Live an honorable, respectable and great life from now on.
I bless you in the name of our Lord, in so many crisis and commotions coming in our personal lives, in our church and in our nation, may you be well prepared to be one trouble shooter so as to minister to the will of God in handling each situation. Be it from today.
- translated by T.J.