I cannot do it,’ Joseph replied to Pharaoh, ‘but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires’ » (Genesis 41:16).
Have you ever faced a situation for which you were totally unprepared? I sure have.
When I arrived in Tokyo, Japan, as a student missionary, I met a bunch of other Adventist college students who’d chosen to spend a year teaching conversational English in that country. Some went north to Hokkaido, some stayed in Tokyo, but a large number of us boarded the speedy Bullet Train and headed south toward Hiroshima and Osaka.
Once we’d settled into our apartment in Kobe, my roommate and I headed to the Adventist evangelistic center in nearby Osaka to be trained for our new jobs. Then, just a few days later, I stood before a classroom filled with eager students waiting to learn how to speak understandable English. I’d never done anything remotely similar to this. Would I fail? Would my students end up jabbering in a language no one could comprehend?» Lord, help me,» I prayed silently.
Then I remembered the story of Joseph and Pharaoh. «I can’t interpret your dreams, «the frightened young man had told the powerful Egyptian leader. «But God can. «All at once I felt calm and assured. Missionaries don’t have to have all the answers or possess every talent to serve God. They just have to have faith in the power that God offers.
«Open your textbooks to page ten,» I said with growing confidence. As my students spent our first evening together learning about English, I spent it learning about God.