Genesis 41:1-16 NKJV
Then it came to pass, at the end of two full years, that Pharaoh had a dream; and behold, he stood by the river.
 Suddenly there came up out of the river seven cows, fine looking and fat; and they fed in the meadow.
 Then behold, seven other cows came up after them out of the river, ugly and gaunt, and stood by the other cows on the bank of the river.
 And the ugly and gaunt cows ate up the seven fine looking and fat cows. So Pharaoh awoke.
 He slept and dreamed a second time; and suddenly seven heads of grain came up on one stalk, plump and good.
 Then behold, seven thin heads, blighted by the east wind, sprang up after them.
 And the seven thin heads devoured the seven plump and full heads. So Pharaoh awoke, and indeed, it was a dream.
 Now it came to pass in the morning that his spirit was troubled, and he sent and called for all the magicians of Egypt and all its wise men. And Pharaoh told them his dreams, but there was no one who could interpret them for Pharaoh.
 Then the chief butler spoke to Pharaoh, saying: “I remember my faults this day.
 When Pharaoh was angry with his servants, and put me in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, both me and the chief baker,
 we each had a dream in one night, he and I. Each of us dreamed according to the interpretation of his own dream.
 Now there was a young Hebrew man with us there, a servant of the captain of the guard. And we told him, and he interpreted our dreams for us; to each man he interpreted according to his own dream.
 And it came to pass, just as he interpreted for us, so it happened. He restored me to my office, and he hanged him.”
 Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him quickly out of the dungeon; and he shaved, changed his clothing, and came to Pharaoh.
 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I have had a dream, and there is no one who can interpret it. But I have heard it said of you that you can understand a dream, to interpret it.”
 So Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, “It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh an answer of peace.”
Pharaoh’s dream has too often been my waking experience. My days of sloth have ruinously destroyed all that I had achieved in times of zealous industry; my seasons of coldness have frozen all the genial glow of my periods of fervency and enthusiasm; and my fits of worldliness have thrown me back from my advances in the divine life. I had need to beware of lean prayers, lean praises, lean duties, and lean experiences, for these will eat up the fat of my comfort and peace. If I neglect prayer for never so short a time, I lose all the spirituality to which I had attained; if I draw no fresh supplies from heaven, the old corn in my granary is soon consumed by the famine which rages in my soul. When the caterpillars of indifference, the cankerworms of worldliness, and the palmerworms of self-indulgence, lay my heart completely desolate, and make my soul to languish, all my former fruitfulness and growth in grace avails me nothing whatever. How anxious should I be to have no lean-fleshed days, no ill-favoured hours! If every day I journeyed towards the goal of my desires I should soon reach it, but backsliding leaves me still far off from the prize of my high calling, and robs me of the advances which I had so laboriously made. The only way in which all my days can be as the “fat kine,” is to feed them in the right meadow, to spend them with the Lord, in His service, in His company, in His fear, and in His way. Why should not every year be richer than the past, in love, and usefulness, and joy?-I am nearer the celestial hills, I have had more experience of my Lord, and should be more like Him. O Lord, keep far from me the curse of leanness of soul; let me not have to cry, “My leanness, my leanness, woe unto me!” but may I be well-fed and nourished in Thy house, that I may praise Thy name.
By: Charles Spurgeon