In the bible, Joseph had to walk a very difficult road through much of his life. It seemed that his circumstances would never improve. Over the first twenty years, he was thrown into a well then sold into slavery by his brothers. They told their father he was dead so no one would ever go looking for him. Bought by a man in another country, he was accused of sexual misconduct by his boss’ wife, and thrown into prison to remain there for years where he continued to be faithful and serve those around him. Through it all he kept trusting God and became willing to be content where he was. He didn’t know how God was using these long years of waiting in his life to prepare him for greater things, for Joseph would come to be positioned to rule the nation of Egypt and save millions of people from starvation, including his family, all based on dreams and vision from God. His response to his brothers?
“I am Joseph, your brother, whom you sold into slavery in Egypt. But don’t be upset, and don’t be angry with yourselves for selling me to this place. It was God who sent me here ahead of you to preserve your lives. This famine that has ravaged the land for two years will last five more years, and there will be neither plowing nor harvesting. God has sent me ahead of you to keep you and your families alive and to preserve many survivors. So it was God who sent me here, not you! And he is the one who made me an adviser to Pharaoh—the manager of his entire palace and the governor of all Egypt.” (Genesis 45:4-8)
God is just as involved in our lives today as He was in the life of Joseph. He uses our periods of waiting, struggle, and dryness to prepare us for something bigger. Not everyone walks through a Joseph calling, but many do, and the experience is usually related to the magnitude of the call on your life. Many lose everything at least once, but if God has purposed you for greater things, expect to walk through seasons that don’t make sense where God may be silent for periods of time. He has not forgotten you, continues to be active in your spirit, and will reveal you to a waiting world according to His timing and purpose. Your part is to submit to Him and continue to seek His face for your life.
The rest of us need what you bring! Submit to the Father in all things and watch Him do miracles in your life to prepare you to make an impact on your world.
There’s loads of grace for the journey.
From the desk by the window where I’m waiting and watching a very blue sky and trusting what I cannot see.
(c) Robin L. Lewis, Sozo Life & Leadership, LLC
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