June 9th, 2024 (2nd Service)


Minister: Rev Dr. Sam Oye

Text: GENESIS 41: 37 – 44 (TPT)


”Josephs proposal pleased Pharaoh and all his advisers. He said to them, “Where can we find anyone else like this one, for he has the Spirit of God in him!” So Pharaoh turned to Joseph and said, “Since God has divinely revealed this to you, there is no one as wise and full of insight as you. I hereby place you in charge of all my affairs, and all my people will obey your commands. Only I, the king, will be greater than you! “Listen to me, Joseph,” Pharaoh continued. “I am placing you in charge of all of Egypt.” Then he removed his signet ring, placed it on Josephs finger, and had him clothed with fine linen robes! He adorned him with a golden collar around his neck. Pharaoh had him ride in the chariot reserved for the second-in-command and sent runners going before him, crying out, “Kneel!” In this way, Pharaoh placed Joseph over all the land of Egypt. Pharaoh also said to Joseph, “I am Pharaoh. No one in all of Egypt will lift a finger without your permission!”

Scientists discovered that there are different expressions of wisdom; the six major things they were able to come up with are:

  1. Compassion:Wise people are compassionate. From the research, the first thing they discovered is that in wisdom, there is compassion. Wise people are empathetic, they feel what others feel. They are always thinking about the impact of their words or actions on others. In other words, they care about others. One of the proof that Jesus, Himself, was a wise man was the fact that He was moved by compassion towards the crowd. You cannot separate compassion from wisdom; that is you cannot claim to be a wise person and not be compassionate. How do you know fools are not compassionate? David, who came to Nabal, was expecting him to provide them with some assistance, but Nabal insulted them and, on that occasion, he lost his life.

1 Samuel 25: 25 (KJV)

Let not my Lord, I pray thee, regard this man of Belial, even Nabal: for as his name is, so is he; Nabal is his name, and folly is with him: but I thine handmaid saw not the young men of my Lord, whom thou didst send.

Fools do not last long; foolishness is a burden.

  1. Control:Wise people practice what we call mindfulness. They control their emotions, meaning that they have high level of emotional intelligence. They have the capacity to keep their feelings under control. Their feelings do not rule their lives. The proof of maturity is keeping emotions in control. One of the major proof of a wise person is that you have control over your desires, urges or wants. Fools seek to control in others what is running loose in their lives. They desire to control in others what they themselves have no control over.
  2. Decisiveness:Wise people know what to do, when to do it and get things done at the right time. They know that the reward of knowledge is action. What you know and what it can evolve to become cannot always be predicted until you act on it. Wise people act decisively. They do not over analyze things. Do not push to tomorrow what you should do today. In essence, you do not have another time for what you should do now – ideally, that is what decisiveness is all about. If there is somebody you should help now, you should. Stop postponing the expression of your intentions. The first rule of love is inconvenience. Friendship requires inconvenience.
  3. Diversity:Wise people have a great capacity to accommodate and accept the differences in people. They have grace for inclusion – that you see human beings before you see their tribe, language, greed, agenda, affiliation, denomination, mindset, race or status.
  4. Reflection:Wise people take time everyday to reflect the choices, decisions and actions they take. It is the reason why wise people grow. They do not repeat errors of the past because they reflect and perform retrospection. A life that is not examined is not worth living. People that do not examine themselves repeat errors that bring pains and regret. If you are being corrected constantly for your errors, it shows that foolishness dwells in the center of your heart – you hate corrections and you do not receive corrections. Shielding away from corrections hinders growth. Wise people have voices that can caution and correct them. Beware of frictionless paths in your life.