All I could think of the whole time was that when I grew up I would never make someone feel bad because of their age.
Reference: v.46 Joseph was thirty years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from Pharaoh’s presence and traveled throughout Egypt. (NIV Bible)
Explore: As a child I always hated being the youngest of the family. It seemed that my two older sisters had such a better life than me, all because they were older. They got their ears-pierced first, they didn’t have to wear daggy hand-me-downs and they could always stay out later than me. It seemed such a burden to be the youngest. I can remember getting so frustrated at being the youngest that I went off walking all by myself, around our small country town. And all I could think of the whole time was that when I grew up I would never make someone feel bad because of their age. Working in children’s ministry for eight years was a constant reminder to me of how important people are, no matter what their age may be. So often we rule out someone due to their age or their inexperience. And yet throughout the ages God has used many young people to do His work.
Application: It seems that Joseph has been through a life-time of events by the time we get to chapeter 41 and yet here we discover that he is only 30 years old. In our society we think that you have to be well-educated with a few decades of life experience before you can really accomplish anything. And yet time and time again God is able to use the everyday, regular, ordinary person to do great things for His kingdom. God is not limited by age, race, popularity, finances or experience. God can use us in many great ways if we are willing to be used by Him.
Prayer: Lord, here I am. Use me. Amen.
What are some of the limitations people put on you? Are you really willing to be used by God in an extraordinary way?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.