“All In God’s Plan!”(Gen.41:25-43).
After many years of childlessness, “God remembered; Rachel; he listened to her and opened her womb. She became pregnant and gave birth to a son and said, ‘God has taken away my disgrace.’ She gave him the name ‘Joseph'”(Gen.39:22-24). At seventeen Joseph often brought to their father bad reports about his brothers. His father loved him more than his other sons, because he was a son of his old age. Jacob made a coat of many colours for Joseph. All these shower of love caused Joseph’s brothers to hate him and they could not speak a kind word to him. Besides, he was a dreamer.
His brothers sold him into slavery in Egypt (Gen.37:1ff).
While in Egypt he became the most cherished slave. As a handsome young man Potiphar’s wife lusted for him and made advances at him. When he refused she framed him up, accusing him of attempted rape.
Potiphar was furious and imprisoned Joseph. But while he was in the prison, “the LORD was with him…”(Gen.39:1ff).
Joseph was gifted with the ability to interpret dreams. This is the gift that catarpolted him to the next in command in Egypt when he interpreted Pharaoh’s dreams.
Joseph told Pharaoh that what was to happen had “been firmly decided by God, and God will do it soon.”
Joseph outlined to Pharaoh what to do during the years of plentiful harvest and how to make gains of it during the upcoming years of famine. Pharaoh asked his officials, “Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom is the spirit of God?”
Pharaoh put Joseph in charge, stating, “…Only with respect to the throne will I be greater than you…”
Pharaoh gave Joseph a new name, robed him in kingly attire and gave him a wife.
Joseph’s life is the classic example of, “from grass to grace”; “from prison to presidency!”
Pharaoh thought he was using Joseph to his own advantage. He did not know that he was only an instrument in God’s hand, being used to fulfil the dream God had revealed when Joseph was still a teenager. It was God’s plan to use Joseph to save lives. That is why he is a prototype of Jesus Christ.
Joseph was not only a dreamer, he feared God. When Potiphar’s wife insisted to sleep with him, Joseph asked her, “How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?”
My friend, hold the dream if it is from God. Fear God, trust and obey him, no matter the travails you may experience.
I don’t know who your haters are. Just let them be! Your slavery is not your end, imprisonment is not your destination either.
Fear God; trust and obey him.
Prayer of the week: LORD guide my feet on the path of obedience and fulfill your plans through me. Amen!
Welcome to a new working day and week! Have a blessed day and week! Peace be with you!
Prayer point: Pray that God should use you to save lives.
Rev Babila Fochang.