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When Presented With Challenging Tasks
Gen. 41:1a, 12-13, 15-16, 28-30, 32-40 April 27, 2008

Were you ever presented with a task that seemed impossible or at least beyond your expertise? We ought to always depend upon the Lord but, When presented With Challenging Tasks, the Christian may be forced to depend upon the Lord. If that happens it will be a learning experience.

1.    Challenging Tasks May Come From Our . . Experiences. 41:1a, 12-13-

A. The . . Value Of Past Experiences May Present A Challenging Tasks. 41:1a, 12
1a Two years later Pharaoh had a dream: He was standing beside the Nile, 12 Now a young Hebrew, a slave of the captain of the guards, was with us there. We told him our dreams, he interpreted our dreams for us, and each had its own interpretation.

B. The . . Victory Of Past Experiences May Present A Challenging Tasks. 41:13
13 It turned out just the way he interpreted them to us: I was restored to my position, and the other man was hanged."

        I wonder if Joseph believed interpreting dreams in the prison would get him out of prison? All of God's children need to understand God gives us experiences that may be used over and over to help others as well as our own self. The value of an experience may not be known for years, but God doesn't waste the experiences He arranges for us. That Joseph's interpretations occurred exactly as he predicted gave a victory that the other prisoners remembered. It is good to note Joseph remembered to give the Glory to God.

2.    Challenging Tasks May Come From Our . . Encounters. 41:15-16

A. The . . Effectiveness Of Past Encounters Present A Challenging Tasks. 41:15
15 Pharaoh said to Joseph, "I have had a dream, and no one can interpret it. But I have heard it said about you that you can hear a dream and interpret it."

B. The . . Exactness Of Past Encounters Present A Challenging Tasks. 41:16
16 "I am not able to," Joseph answered Pharaoh. "It is God who will give Pharaoh a favorable answer."

        Trouble or difficult situations many times just arise without any warning. These encounters do not surprise God even though they may catch us personally thinking we do not possess the ability to perform the task. We may be effective in these encounters because of the way God will cause us to be successful. Past encounters may have prepared us for these unexpected events. Joseph wanted to be proficient and give the credit for his success to God. It will be wise if we do the same.

3.     Challenging Tasks May Come From The . . Endeavors God Brings Our Way. 41:28-30

A. The . . Declaration Of God's Endeavors Present A Challenging Tasks. 41:28-29
28 "It is just as I told Pharaoh: God has shown Pharaoh what He is about to do. 29 Seven years of great abundance are coming throughout the land of Egypt.

B. The . . Details Of God's Endeavors Present A Challenging Tasks. 41:30
30 After them, seven years of famine will take place, and all the abundance in the land of Egypt will
be forgotten. The famine will devastate the land.

        Joseph declared the interpretation God gave him related to Pharaoh's dreams. Does God use dreams today? My answer is, "if He wants to." God gives the believer today the abiding presence of
the Holy Spirit, and we may not need dreams as much as Old Testament believers. But on the day of Pentecost Simon said, ". . . your old men shall dream dreams: (Acts 2:17 KJV)." In addition Simon, Paul and others saw visions. In the declaration of his dream Joseph gave the details so that Pharaoh would have specific information. Many times God explains in detail but sometimes additional faith is required for challenging tasks. If that is true He will prepare us before hand or give us day by day abilities and techniques for each task.

4.     Challenging Tasks May Come From Our God Given . . Expertise. 41:32-40

A. The . . Advice From Our Expertise May Present Challenging Tasks. 41:32-37
32 Because the dream was given twice to Pharaoh, it means that the matter has been determined by God, and He will soon carry it out. 33 "So now, let Pharaoh look for a discerning and wise man and set him over the land of Egypt. 34 Let Pharaoh do this: Let him appoint overseers over the land and take one-fifth of the harvest of the land of Egypt during the seven years of abundance. 35 Let them gather all the excess food during these good years that are coming, store the grain under Pharaoh's authority as food in the cities, and preserve it. 36 The food will be a reserve for the land during the seven years of famine that will take place in the land of Egypt. Then the country will not be wiped out by the famine."Joseph Exalted 37 The proposal pleased Pharaoh and all his servants.

B. The . . Advancement From Our Expertise May Present Challenging Tasks. 41:38-40
38 Then Pharaoh said to his servants, "Can we find anyone like this, a man who has the spirit of God
in him?" 39 So Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Since God has made all this known to you, there is no one as
intelligent and wise as you. 40 You will be over my house, and all my people will obey your commands. Only with regard to the throne will I be greater than you."

        The expertise God gave Joseph became obvious to Pharaoh. His wisdom impressed Pharaoh as well as all who noticed his lifestyle, and abilities. They saw a significant difference. So in thinking about a wise man to lead Egypt during this time God revealed, even to Pharaoh, that Joseph manifested the capabilities for the job. He promoted Joseph to an advanced position and Joseph through the wisdom and grace God gave did an excellent work. Certainly we need to trust the Lord When presented With Challenging Tasks. Amen? Amen!