Giving God the Glory

Steve Petroelje

READ : Genesis 41:15-40

And Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find a man like this, in whom is the Spirit of God?” (v. 38)

As the saying goes, “Better late than never.” The chief cupbearer of Pharaoh had forgotten to tell his master about Joseph. Two years had passed with Joseph still in prison. However, when Pharaoh had a dream that no one could interpret, the cupbearer remembered Joseph and told Pharaoh about him.

Pharaoh gave Joseph credit for the ability to interpret dreams, but Joseph gave God the glory. “I cannot do it,” Joseph replied to Pharaoh, “but God will give Pharaoh the answers he desires.” The dream foretold seven years of abundance followed by seven years of famine. God elevated Joseph from the prison cell to second in command, and Joseph took no credit for himself.

When describing Joseph, Pharaoh said, “Can we find a man like this, in whom is the Spirit of God?” The faith that sustained Joseph was evident through a godly attitude and spirit. Joseph’s faith and attitude were not dependent on his circumstances.

Is that true of us? When we find ourselves in the pits, do we respond with humility and dependence on God or blame him and exhibit a critical spirit? When times are good, do we give God the glory or pat ourselves on the back? It’s a wonderful witness when we glorify God both in tough times and in moments of abundance.


God, help me remain true to you in all circumstances and give you the glory. Amen.