September 13, 2013

Proverbs 18:16…A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men

The scripture of today was greatly manifested in the life of two servants of God, and they are Joseph and Daniel. These two men were gifted with  DREAMS and their interpretations. Joseph had two sets of dreams which were related while he was growing up and he told his brothers about these dreams and they hated him for it. Genesis 37:7-9 reads thus “For behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and lo. my sheaf arose, and also stood upright, and behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf. And his brethren said to him, Shalt thou indeed reign  over us? or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us? And they hated him the more for his dreams. and for his words. He had another dream “in which sun and moon and eleven stars made obeisance to me”  The Bible says that his father rebuked him. But this gift is from God. Though they hated him, but it was this gift that brought him before the great men. He was sold because of the envy and yet at the fullness of time while he was in prison for a crime he did not commit, God made Pharaoh to dream a dream that none of his magicians and astrologers could interpret. and this brought Joseph into the palace because the man that God used Joseph for while in prison remembered that Joseph could interpret dreams and told the king to send for him. Joseph was cleaned and shaved and dressed up with good cloth to appear before king Pharaoh. After interpreting the king’s dream, the king placed him over and above all his subjects and counselors and he was now second place to the king. His gift made room for him, and his own dream eventually came to pass, because when his brothers came to buy food in Egypt, they did not recognize him and they bowed down to him.

Daniel 2:1 says ‘And in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, the king dreamed dreams wherewith his spirit was troubled, and his sleep brake from him.” He commanded all his magicians, sorcerers, and the Chaldeans, to tell him his dream and its interpretations When all his magicians and astrologers could not solve the problem, Daniel asked for some time to seek the LORD’s face. The LORD revealed the dream and its interpretation to him, and the king promoted Daniel. Daniel 2:47-49 reads ” The king answered unto Daniel, and said, Of a truth it is, that your God is a God of gods, and a Lord of kings, and a Revealer of secrets, seeing thou couldst reveal this secret. Then the king made Daniel a great man, and gave him many great gifts, and made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon, and Chief of the governors over all the wise men of Babylon. Then Daniel requested of the king, and he set Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, over the affairs of the province of Babylon, but Daniel sat in the gate of the king.” Truly, a man’s gift shall make room for him, and it shall bring him before great men.

I believe that each and every one of us have been given gifts that should make room for us. If we are privileged to know our gifts, the next thing we need to do is to ask for the courage to start to develop this gift by taking some steps in the right direction, A gift that is not used will remain dormant. Taking steps and asking for more grace will continue to sharpen our gift, and will eventually make room for us and bring us before great men. If we do not know our gift,  let us pray to God to reveal our gifts to us. If you like to sing, that is your own gift, if you like to take care of people, that is your gift. Abraham entertained angels and  God blessed him with Isaac in the process. If you like to be an usher, or you enjoy cleaning the house of God, or visiting people, anything you enjoy doing, pray that God will use it to make room for you and bring you before great men. Whatever your hands find doing, do it with all your heart, because you will be rewarded if you faint not. Just like the name of God was glorified in the life of Daniel and Joseph, so also the LORD will glorify Himself in the gift He has given you. I pray that the LORD will magnify Himself in your life by making you a vessel of honor in Jesus Name, Amen.

Prayer….LORD manifest yourself in my life, and use me for your glory, Amen.

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