Joseph's status in Genesis 41 begins as a forgotten Hebrew prison slave and ends as the second most powerful man in Egypt. In one fell swoop, when Joseph’s day of gladness came, within 24 hours, he changed his job description, clothes, address, friends and associates.
When someone transitions from the prison to the palace, it must be a day of gladness for him.
There should be a day of gladness that you are working towards. You must observe THE SIGNS indicating that your day of Gladness is near, you must be prepared to CONCEIVE it, and lastly, your determination to BIRTH IT will go a long way.
But before we get into that, let us look at how you might first conceive it.
CONCEIVING THE DAY OF GLADNESS
The day of gladness must be conceived or envisioned. There are two ways to picture it: it has to be revealed to you, or you can discern it.
In Genesis 37:5- 6, Joseph slept, and he dreamt. This is solely dependent on the Holy Ghost. And in Genesis 31: 10-11, Jacob became wealthy because God gave him a dream, and he saw the solution in it. These are both workings of the Holy Spirit - revealing to you that a shift has happened or is coming your way.
But sometimes, you may also discern the shift without a direct revelation in the form of a dream or vision. You can sense it. In Proverbs 20:12 we read that God made the hearing ear and the seeing eyes. This means that ideally, your eyes should see, and your ear will hear. Sometimes, an idea can enter into your heart or you can make an observation that shows you that there needs to be a shift or change.
Joseph's status in Genesis 41 begins as a "forgotten Hebrew prison slave" and ends as "the second most powerful man in Egypt."
In 11 Samuel 7:1-5, David woke up one day and discerned that he cannot be living in affluence while the ark of God dwelt in a poor environment. So he felt in his spirit that he needed to build a house for God. Even though God told him his sons would build it, he picked it up. That is, he discerned it. He was not destined to fulfill it, but he sensed it.
Likewise you too may either have your day of gladness--a point in time when there is a complete change and turnaround in your circumstances-- be revealed to you directly in a dream or a vision. Or you might discern it when God opens your senses to perceive that your day of gladness is upon you.
Whether your day of gladness is revealed or discerned, you need the help of the Holy Ghost.
Whether your day of gladness is revealed or discerned, you need the help of the Holy Ghost. You can engage the Holy Spirit by making time spent with the Word, praying in tongues and praise a part of daily practice. You can read more about this in this article.
THE SIGNS OF A DAY OF GLADNESS
(1) YOU ARE SOUGHT AFTER
In many cases, you go looking for what you need or want. It is not vice versa; what you need or want does not come looking for you. But with God, when your day of gladness is near, you become sought after. After Pharaoh had a troubling dream, he sought after Joseph.
In Gen 41:14 – 15: Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon: and he shaved himself, and changed his raiment, and came in unto Pharaoh.
And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I have dreamed a dream, and none can interpret it: and I have heard say of thee, that thou canst understand a dream to interpret it.
When Joseph spoke, Pharaoh and all his aides in Gen 41:37 – 38 agreed that what he had said was good. Everything you say when the day of your gladness comes becomes right, accurate and appropriate, even if anyone had said this before you. This is because your time has come and God is backing you up.
(2) YOU GAIN SIGNIFICANCE
On the day of Gladness, you gain the 5Ps; Prominence, Privilege, Power, Position and Promotion. You become significant.
In Genesis 41: 41-44, many things changed for Joseph, including his signature. Pharaoh gave him his ring, a chariot, new robes, and a gold chain as a mark of his authority. Suddenly, Joseph became SIGNIFICANT.
On the day of Gladness, you gain what the 5Ps; Prominence, Privilege, Power, Position and Promotion.
Some people like Joseph had provided solutions in the past but remained insignificant. Ecclesiastes 9: 14-15 shows the story of “a poor wise man” who, by his wisdom, delivered his “little city” from a great King who captured it, yet no one remembered “the same poor man”.
Also, in Esther 2:17, the King loved Esther more than other women because of the grace and favour she obtained. It was not because Esther was more beautiful. It was because of the GRACE and FAVOUR she received.
So with you as well, when your day of gladness comes, not only will you provide solutions, but you will also be recognized and rewarded for those solutions. And you will enjoy favour beyond what you might think you qualify for.
(3) YOU GIVE GOD PRAISE AND PROMINENCE
When you look at Gen 41: 15,16,25,28, 32; you see God at every step Joseph took. Even before Pharaoh, who did not worship the same god as him, he mentioned God several times.
He even told his brothers in Gen 45:5 that they did not bring him there( that is to Egypt to slavery), but that God brought him there. In other words, he could see God's hand at work throughout his journey - both the good and the bad. He gave God prominence in his story and was humble in the greatness he had now attained, giving glory to God.
In contrast, In Daniel 4:20-21, God humbled Nebuchadnezzar when thought he had achieved significance through his power in Babylon. The foolish king thought he could arrogate his greatness and significance to himself without giving the due honour to God.
The insight here is clear: God’s prominence must be central on your day of Gladness. You can't take glory for it but instead you should give glory to God Who was the ultimate architect of your day of gladness.
Begin to engage the Holy Spirit today and step into the Day of your Gladness. In Jesus Name.