Steps to Greatness (1)
And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me. And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth? And his brethren envied him; but his father observed the saying - Genesis 37:9-11
Today, we will consider the beautiful story of Joseph, who in his father's house was holy, gifted and loved. He was a son born at old age by Racheal- the apple of Jacob's eyes. He brought the bad report of their brothers to Jacob, which implies that he was not a party to their misdeeds. Being a good boy, together with the circumstances surrounding his birth, he was preferred to his other brethren. But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peaceably to him.
God gave him a dream which he told his haters in his immaturity. (He could have told only his father). His heart was right, and in going through persecution and trials, he matured in hurry. We may not like the training or the hateful middle of Joseph's life, but after the various downturn or contour, God brought him to a place of power. God can take you from a place of nothingness to a place of unimaginable position until the outcome of your life becomes like a dream. He is a specialist in turning captivity around.
But Joseph understood the purpose of his elevation. It was designed by God that he would be that person to dispense blessing to others. There was no animosity, bitterness, or vengeance in Joseph. The many years of waiting had made Joseph to abound in greater knowledge and discernment. Hear him revealing his identity to his brethren in Genesis 47:4-7
Looking at Joseph going from pit to Potiphar’s house and then to the prison-house after which he entered the palace, you cannot remove any of those stages in the journey of Joseph to greatness. They all are connected for if there is no prison house how could he possibly be in a position to be known in the palace of Pharaoh. It makes meaning to us today because we are reading the story but then it made no meaning to Joseph when he was going through the pressure. He could not trace God, but he could trust him and trusting he did until his vision spoke.
Prayer: I pray that I may continue to rely on your wisdom, and I will no longer lean on my understanding in Jesus Name. Amen!
Further Reading: Genesis 37:2-20; Genesis 45: 4-7; Psalm 105:16-22
One-year Bible Reading Plan: Ezra 7:1-8:20; 1 Corinthians 4:1-21; Psalm 30:1-12; Proverbs 20:28-30