From Dungeon to Dominion [Part 2]

Are you ready for some good news?

When God promotes you, He wants you to accept it with confidence!

Today’s Text: “And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.” Then Pharaoh took his signet ring from his hand and put it on Joseph’s hand, and clothed him in garments of fine linen and put a gold chain about his neck.” (Genesis 41:41–42, ESV)

Remember The Beverly Hillbillies? You know, the story “about a man named Jed, a poor mountaineer barely kept his family fed. Then one day he was shooting at some food, and up from the ground came a bubblin’ crude. Oil, that is. Black gold. Texas tea.

Well, the first thing you know, ol’ Jed’s a millionaire. His kin folk said, Jed, move away from here. Californey is the place you ought to be – so they loaded up the truck and moved to Beverly. Hills that is”.[1]

The Clampetts moved into a mighty fine mansion in one of California’s richest neighborhoods, but they had a hard time there. It was hard to go from a humble mountaineer’s cabin to a castle, from living as paupers to living like royalty. They never quite understood how rich they were, and they never did grow accustomed to it.

In one of the early episodes, son Jethro kept sneaking up the stairs of the mansion to peek at the upper levels and Jed kept calling him back down saying, Jethro, come back down from there. I know that somebody else must live up in them parts. So they just lived in the downstairs for a spell. Even though they had a beautiful bathroom suite complete with Jacuzzi, they set up their old metal washtub in the kitchen for their baths. Granny continued to cook up possum stew, even though they could have afforded prime rib every night. They used the pool table for dining, calling it their fancy eatin’ table, and they used the cue sticks for pot-passers.

It’s not easy to be promoted suddenly. Perhaps the most remarkable moment in Joseph’s life was not when he resisted the seduction of his master’s wife or when he lavishly forgave his brothers. Perhaps the most breathtaking moment was when Joseph moved unhesitantly and gracefully from the dungeon to dominion- from the pit to the pinnacle. When God promotes you, there’s no need to hang your head and say, ‘aw shucks, it shouldn’t be me’. You can lift your head, smile and gladly embrace any blessing God brings your way. After all, it’s all for His glory. And that’s the Gospel!

[1] ÓCopyright. The Carolintone Music Company, Inc. (PWH) 1962.

Henning, Paul W. The Ballad of Jed Clampett. CBS, Columbia, 1962.

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