Obedient Love

Sunday School Lesson Summary – September 13, 2020

As we move forward from last week’s lesson, Joseph has had to grow spiritually. He has realized that the things God has to accomplish through him must be done God’s way. He is no longer bragging about the gift that God has given him. Now he is using his God given ability to interpret dreams to fulfill God’s purpose. Each setback and hurdle that Joseph had to endure caused his faith and trust in God to increase. In life God wants us to have that same kind of obedient love for him. Obedient love causes us to obey the will of the Lord even when we cannot see the full outcome of our current circumstance. God blessed Joseph in every task that Pharaoh put before him. Though Pharaoh may be confused in whom the true and living God is, he is certain that Joseph is able to discern and interpret the dreams that have troubled him. In all of his prior promotions God has allowed Joseph to prosper. Joseph not only interprets Pharaoh’s dreams, but he also provides a plan of action. When God shows us the mysteries of his will, we should be inclined to move forward with his direction. Pharaoh recognizes the wisdom of Joseph’s interpretation of his dreams. And his plan of action going forward. So it would only be fitting that he would be the one placed in charge of carrying it out. 

How does our walking by faith affect the people who are in our presence? 

When he is called upon finally to interpret Pharaoh’s dream, he gives all honor to God and takes none for himself. This same type of love is explained in the New Testament by Paul in Philippians 4:12, “I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound, everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need”.  

We must also consider the fact that God sent the dreams to Pharaoh and provided Joseph the interpretations of them. Joseph would be provided with a wife and would also eventually have two sons Manasseh and Ephraim. They also gave him an Egyptian name. Though he was a foreign man in an unfamiliar culture and land, he never forgot the true and living God. 

How can we stand out as believers in God, in the world which loves darkness? 

God is love and we are his children. We should represent him as sons and daughters. The obedient love that we have for him should dictate how we live before others. 

– Elder Carl Simms