Pharaoh had two dreams. None of his magicians or wise men could interpret them. The butler remembered Joseph. He told Pharaoh there was a Hebrew in prison with him who interpreted dreams.
Genesis 41:14 says, “Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him quickly out of the dungeon; and he shaved, changed his clothing, and came to Pharaoh.”
Pharaoh’s dreams spoke of a coming famine. There would be seven good years, followed by seven years of severe famine. Joseph’s dreams fulfillment, became the answer to the impending disaster.
Verse 33 Joseph said, “Now therefore, let Pharaoh select a discerning and wise man, and set his over the land of Egypt.” He went on to explicitly explain God’s plan.
Pharaoh placed Joseph over all the land. He gave him his signet ring, clothed him in garments of fine linen, and put a gold chain around his neck.
23 years after the dream, Jospeh was second in command of all the land of Egypt. Pharaoh gave him a wife. Verse 49 says, “Joseph gathered very much grain as the sand of the sea, until he stopped counting, for it was immeasurable.”
They had seven years of plenty. Joseph wisely stored provision for the coming seven years of famine. When the famine arrived, Joseph was prepared. Verse 56 says, “The famine was over all the face of the earth…And the famine became severe in the land of Egypt.”
Joseph had no clue that the impoverishing famine would connect him to his father and brothers. Remember back in Psalm 105, it said that God called for a famine. The Lord orchestrated every moment in Joseph’s life, just as He does ours.
Job 42:2 says, “I know that You can do everything, and that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You.” God had to get Jacob and his extended family to Egypt, so 430 years later He could raise up Moses to lead the children of Israel into the promised land. All of history, as we know it, was divinely orchestrated. Our present pandemic is also. May the Lord’s purpose be fulfilled in our lives in this moment of history.