“Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph…”

It happens every day. Maybe you’ve been on either side of this situation.

You have an amazing interview, and they can’t wait until you get started. YOU’RE HIRED! You immediately come in and do what no one else in the world can do better than you… Do you! Be yourself! Do your job the way only you can.

You have stellar performance reviews. You do exactly as you promised in your interview. You have months and years of success…and then it happens.

You have a new boss who doesn’t know the person who hired you, and for whatever reason, they’re not a fan of you…NO MATTER HOW WELL YOU DO YOUR JOB.

It could be because they want someone else for your position.

They may not like your personality.

They may feel threatened by you.

They may simply not like you for no reason at all… And, from that moment, he or she begins to start finding a way to get you to leave, or get rid of you.

You’re just like Joseph of Genesis, the son of Jacob who found favor with the king of Egypt (Pharaoh) and not only set up Joseph as second in command over the entire kingdom, but set up his entire family with land and provisions during a time of famine, but eventually…

“Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph…”

Exodus 1:6-11(NKJV)

And Joseph died, all his brothers, and all that generation. But the children of Israel were fruitful and increased abundantly, multiplied and [a]grew exceedingly mighty; and the land was filled with them.

Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. And he said to his people, “Look, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we; 10 come, let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they multiply, and it happen, in the event of war, that they also join our enemies and fight against us, and so go up out of the land.” 11 Therefore they set taskmasters over them to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh supply cities, Pithom and Raamses.

This happened to me. Along came a ‘king’ who didn’t know the person who hired me.

After awesome relationships with previous Directors and VP’s and several years of positive reviews in one of my former corporate jobs, a new Senior VP and Director arose and for whatever reason, they weren’t fans of me. To make a long story short, they eventually found reasons to get rid of me. But, God is sovereign over any ‘boss’.

It was painful.

I felt ambushed.

It was embarrassing.

It wasn’t how I planned to leave.

But sometimes God has a plan for our lives that we can’t see, and He has to deliver us from situations that we wouldn’t leave ourselves.

The bible proves that deliverance isn’t always easy or comfortable.

Israel wasn’t destined to be settled in Egypt, but in the land God promised Abraham. And, the way that God got them to that promised land wasn’t easy. It was also delayed because of their disobedience, but He continued to deliver them time and time again until His promise was fulfilled.

Back to me.

I’ve always had a desire to teach, but never followed through. So, I finally took two PRAXIS tests (for teaching) before taking my last corporate job and passed both of them, but I was called for an interview with a Fortune 300 company for a mid-level management position. It payed much, much more than a teacher’s salary, and I went for the money. Within ten years that job went from ‘thrive to struggling to survive’. As I said, they let me go.

But, God stepped in and gave me an opportunity to become part of a fellowship to get me into the classroom. He gave me the ability to transition to a new career at 50 years old. I’m making half as much money, but God somehow has my family living much better, and I’m much happier and much more fulfilled. I’m even working at the same school as my veteran teacher wife in an awesome district.

And, God is allowing me to be effective and bring glory to Him by how I do my job. I couldn’t do it without Him…

Remember God has ultimate control over your life, not your boss. And, if you happen to be granted that level of authority over someone’s life, never forget who has authority over yours.




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It’s not always easy to praise God. That’s the reason it’s sometimes called “the sacrifice of praise”. I pray this sermon excerpt blesses you:-)


Hebrews 13:15 (NKJV)

15 Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, [a]giving thanks to His name.

Isaiah 61:3 New King James Version (NKJV)

To [a]console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”


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