They said to one another, “Here comes that dreamer! Come on, let’s kill him and throw him into one of the pits. We can say that a vicious animal ate him. Then we’ll see what becomes of his dreams!”
Genesis 37:19-20 HCSB
Father, no matter whatever someone else plots against me, I know that I’m protected by You. No matter if someone snatches my human breath from my body, they can never take me from You or You from me. No matter if someone locks me away, they can never keep me from speaking to You, or force me to stop listening to You. Father You are my creator, protector, and guide. I pray for discernment to see all that You need me to see and exactly when You need me to see it. In Jesus’ name I pray and give thanks. Amen.
We may not all have a Joseph moment–our deaths plotted and/or sold into slavery–but we all will face trials and tribulations, and as long as don’t give up and lose faith, we will overcome. Sometimes the victory comes when we don’t think we have enough left in us to hold on. God knows what we can bear. He knows how heavy of a load we can handle.
Joseph was pushed into a pit and later sold into slavery by his own brothers. They were jealous that their father, Israel (formerly Jacob) displayed his love for Joseph more than for them. Joseph was gifted the coat of many colors by their father, and they were jealous because they wanted to see an outward projection of Israel’s love towards them.
They were so blinded by jealousy that they never considered how much Israel had blessed them—they weren’t looking at their own gifts. They were jealous of Joseph’s big dreams, goals, and forward thinking. But it was their self-imposed limits that prevented them from dreaming big, setting goals, and seeing themselves doing more than the norm. Their egos blocked them from being receptive to God’s voice.
Joseph went through some rough times, times that many people would equate to hell on Earth, but look at what came of his experience. Look at how he went from his dad’s pastures, to slave, to ruler. Later in the Text, you read of how Joseph responded when he finally was face-to-face with his brothers many years later. He didn’t do what most of us would do. He rose and behaved like a child of Christ. When he could have retaliated he knew better.
That’s what life is like when you KNOW for a fact that you are God’s child!
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