Saat Diberi Kuasa

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Kejadian 41:43b-57 | Pdt. Erick Kartawijaya

43 And he made him ride in his second chariot. And they called out before him, “Bow the knee!” Thus he set him over all the land of Egypt. 44 Moreover, Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I am Pharaoh, and without your consent no one shall lift up hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.” 45 And Pharaoh called Joseph’s name Zaphenath-paneah. And he gave him in marriage Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera priest of On. So Joseph went out over the land of Egypt.

46 Joseph was thirty years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh and went through all the land of Egypt. 47 During the seven plentiful years the earth produced abundantly, 48 and he gathered up all the food of these seven years, which occurred in the land of Egypt, and put the food in the cities. He put in every city the food from the fields around it. 49 And Joseph stored up grain in great abundance, like the sand of the sea, until he ceased to measure it, for it could not be measured.

50 Before the year of famine came, two sons were born to Joseph. Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera priest of On, bore them to him. 51 Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh. “For,” he said, “God has made me forget all my hardship and all my father’s house.” 52 The name of the second he called Ephraim, “For God has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction.”

53 The seven years of plenty that occurred in the land of Egypt came to an end, 54 and the seven years of famine began to come, as Joseph had said. There was famine in all lands, but in all the land of Egypt there was bread. 55 When all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread. Pharaoh said to all the Egyptians, “Go to Joseph. What he says to you, do.”

56 So when the famine had spread over all the land, Joseph opened all the storehouses and sold to the Egyptians, for the famine was severe in the land of Egypt. 57 Moreover, all the earth came to Egypt to Joseph to buy grain, because the famine was severe over all the earth.

Sekalipun berada di lingkungan bukan orang percaya, TUHAN tetap dapat memberi kuasa/berkatNya kepada kita. Mari kita pakai kuasa itu dengan bijaksana. Apa saja yang perlu kita lakukan untuk itu?

1. Be Faithful [41:46-48]
Yusuf melakukan segala yang diperlukan dengan teratur dan tekun sesuai dengan Firman Allah (41:34-35). Dia berkeliling, lalu dengan setia mengumpulkan, menyimpan dan menimbun seperlima dari gandum yang dihasilkan di kota-kota terdekat. Tuhan Yesus juga melakukan misiNya dengan teratur dan taat sampai genap/selesai (Lukas 4:43; 18:31; Filipi 2:8).

2. Be Fruitful [41:49-52]
TUHAN memberi kelimpahan yang luar biasa. Bahkan Yusuf juga dikaruniai dua anak yang diberinya nama Manasye dan Efraim. Hal itu menunjukkan bahwa Yusuf terus berfokus dan bersyukur kepada TUHAN yang telah membuatnya dapat melupakan kesukaran/kepahitan hidup dan berbuah banyak. Tuhan Yesus memanggil kita untuk melupakan kepahitan kita & berbuah banyak (Filipi 3:13-14; Yohanes 15:4-5,8,16).

3. Be Useful [41:53-57]
Saat tujuh tahun kelaparan tiba, Yusuf menjadi andalan bagi Firaun, bangsa Mesir, bahkan bagi seluruh bumi. Yusuf telah menjadi berkat yang menyelamatkan mereka dari kelaparan. Hal itu pasti juga mengingatkan mereka akan TUHAN Allah Yusuf. Tanpa disadarinya, Yusuf telah turut di dalam karya keselamatan Allah, yaitu menyelamatkan Yehuda sebagai jalur lahirnya Yesus, Mesias, Juruselamat kita (Matius 12:41-42; 11:28; Yohanes 6:35).

Bila anda sedang di dalam kelaparan rohani karena dosa, datanglah kepada Yesus, Juruselamat manusia satu-satunya. Bila anda sudah di dalam Yesus, mari kita pakai kuasa/berkat yang diberikan Allah dengan bijaksana, yaitu dengan setia (be faithful), sampai berbuah/membawa hasil (be fruitful), dan menjadi berkat (be useful) dan memuliakan Allah.

Ringkasan kotbah Pdt. Erick Kartawijaya, 25 October 2020