The Power of Interpretation : Pastor Steven Furtick, Elevation Church

the power of interpretation


Interpretations come from God

Genesis 40

When Joseph arrived in the morning, he noticed that they were feeling low. So he asked them, the two officials of Pharaoh who had been thrown into jail with him,

“What’s wrong? Why the long faces?”

They said, “We dreamed dreams and there’s no one to interpret them.”

Joseph said, “Don’t interpretations come from God? Tell me the dreams.”  (Genesis 40)

Genesis 41

14 Pharaoh at once sent for Joseph. They brought him on the run from the jail cell. He cut his hair, put on clean clothes, and came to Pharaoh.

15 “I dreamed a dream,” Pharaoh told Joseph. “Nobody can interpret it. But I’ve heard that just by hearing a dream you can interpret it.”

16 Joseph answered, “Not I, but God. God will set Pharaoh’s mind at ease.” (Genesis 41)


Too many times when people are going through a hard time, we have some common interpretations to give them.

“God is trying to show you something”

“God is teaching you a lesson”

“God is teaching you to rely on him”    & etc

Maybe what someone is going through is the direct consequence of their actions, maybe it’s not. Perhaps God is teaching them to rely on him. Perhaps God is protecting them or using them as an example for others.

Whatever the case, It’s best to get an interpretation from God because he knows what’s up. It’s our responsibility to go to God and seek an interpretation of what’s going on. Let’s not be like Job’s friends and assume anything and rely on our narrowed understanding 

 I’ve made the mistake of reading articles when I am going through a hard time in my life. However God may have worked in the author’s life may not be how he will work in mine.  I’m learning that a relationship with God is very personalized. He will not have the same relationship he has with one person with another person.


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