Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more. He said to them, “Listen to this dream I had: We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it.” His brothers said to him, “Do you intend to reign over us? Will you actually rule us?” And they hated him all the more because of his dream and what he had said.
Then he had another dream, and he told it to his brothers. “Listen,” he said, “I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.” When he told his father as well as his brothers, his father rebuked him and said, “What is this dream you had? Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow down to the ground before you?” His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind (Gen. 37:5-11).
-The time would come when these things took place. Joseph would rise up in a position of authority in Egypt and his brothers and father would bow to him there.-
"When the future is looming and I have so many dreams inside of me, the craving to fulfill the vision gains strength. There’s an urgency to materialize the “great plan” God has for me. With each step forward, however, the hills get steeper and the visions fade..."
"We are ALL called to "now""! Pastor Steve exclaimed. "God will take care of "later".
I had been stuck in a writer's block but as those words kept echoing in my mind, my thought process started flowing again and I found myself dwelling on the dream and vision God had given me, downhearted by the fact they both had been put on hold while I sparred with life. I thought about Joseph and the troubles that followed his dreams. I can imagine the disappointment when he realized that not only were they not bowing down to him, like in the dream, but his own brothers were plottting to kill him. Thanks to one of the 11, who had a “better” idea, he was sold into slavery instead.
Like Joseph, the path to get there was surely not what I had envisioned, but he embraced where he was and took the next step closer. Joseph did the right thing in the PRESENT and moved on to the next step until God’s vision was fulfilled.
Joseph was only 17 when he was sold into slavery. He was 30 when he entered the service of Pharaoh. What happened in the years in between?
I suspect 13 years may have seemed like a long time. During those years, Joseph had to endure rejection from his brothers, he was sold into slavery, he had been wrongly accused of being with his master’s wife and if that wasn’t enough misfortune, he was sent to prison soon after that; all while doing everything he could to please and serve God faithfully. It seemed Joseph too, was sparring with life. He had a dream and a vision, and he used every step of the ladder that would eventually lead him there, to bless, inspire and change the people around him.
Out of all the amazing things Joseph did during those 13 years, it is his testimony of obedience, faithfulness, patience, and forgiveness that impresses me most. The Bible says God blessed Potiphar’s house on the account of Joseph. - It’s amazing the influence one has over people when one lives in the center of God’s will.-
Joseph took one step at a time and faced each obstacle as they came. He had a destination but he couldn’t avoid going through the journey. He could have complained and rebelled against God but instead, Joseph was an example of submission. He followed the itinerary God had traced for him and on the way, he blessed those around him.
I am comforted by this story whenever anxiety and worry take over, it helps to bring peace and reassurance of God’s faithfulness to lead me safely toward the vision, it encourages me to turn my attention to what is asked of me today, to count my many blessings - even the small ones. It brings clarity to the now and a reminder to simply trust that God’s vision will never fade, God’s dreams will never die and, even when the going gets rough, God’s love will never end.
"You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives" Genesis 50:20
Hi, I'm Debora. A lover of Jesus, a wife, and a mother of 2.
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