I can make a meal even better by drawing from my cooking wisdom and previous experience.
Reference: “And now let Pharaoh look for a discerning and wise man and put him in charge of the land of Egypt.” Genesis 41:33 NIV
Explore: I find cooking meals which are familiar to me is quite easy. When I’m learning a new meal, however, I have to stick firmly to the recipe.
I read each instruction carefully and measure out the exact quantities of each ingredient. I don’t wander from the recipe at all.
Once I get to know a recipe, however, I start to get a little more adventurous. With my knowledge of food groups and complementing flavours, I start adding ingredients and becoming more flexible with the quantities.
While the recipe is still important, I can make a meal even better by drawing from my cooking wisdom and previous experience.
Application: Joseph was very good at hearing from God. And he was also good at bringing his own wisdom and experience to God’s words.
While he told Pharaoh God’s interpretation of his dream, he also brought some practical advice to the situation. He gave solution to the dream God had planted.
Unfortunately, people are too often focused on the specific details and aren’t using their God-given brains and wisdom to direct their future. Whatever you have gone through in the past, God can use your experience to help build His kingdom.
Joseph gave us a great example of how we can enlighten others in the ways of God through His discernment and practical wisdom.
Prayer: Lord, open my eyes to learn from my own experience so I can connect people into Your plan. Amen.
What wisdom have you recently gained?
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.