Daily D – Genesis 41:46
Genesis 41:46 Joseph was thirty years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from Pharaoh’s presence and traveled throughout Egypt.
The New International Version (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011), Ge 41:46.
How fragile are your dreams?
Fantasies are fragile indeed. They come and go as quickly as a new picture pops into our heads through something we see on social media or in a movie. An enticement leads to lingering focus. A different lifestyle choice begins to tumble around in our minds. Before you know it, a city slicker is found wearing the garb of an early twentieth-century explorer and driving a Jeep.
We adults of a certain age call this a Phase. Phases come and phases go. We try on identities trying to figure out who we really are. Notice I said, We. We have all done it. Maybe we do it all of our lives to one degree or another.
Deep inside of us, there is that Me I Am Supposed to Be. Not the Me Someone Pays Me to Be or the Me Someone Wants Me to Be, but the Me God Created Me to Be. Joseph knew who God created him to be from at least the age of seventeen (Genesis 37:2).
When did you understand who you were meant to be? I drew a picture when I was seven years old that declared who I was to become. I am no artist. My first-grade teacher was right. I cannot draw a straight line. Yet there is the unmistakable me who had become who I dreamed I would be. I am that guy.
Joseph had a dream. Then he had another. Then he offended his father along with his brothers. He was nearly murdered. He was sold as a slave. He worked as a household slave for a decade or so before spending a few years in prison.
Thirteen years after declaring God’s dream for his life, he became who God created him to be. He began to do what God created him to do. Long story short, he saved a nation and he saved his family. His final dream was fulfilled long after his death when his body was returned to his native land in a rescue mission like none other in history and in fulfillment of God’s last dream for his life and legacy.
Many, many people have pondered these pages telling Joseph’s story. One firm conclusion arises again and again.
God’s delays are not God’s denials.
Some things are worth waiting for.
How is that God dream for your life coming?
Delayed? Keep waiting.
Stuck in what feels like prison? Give it your best every day.
Betrayed by those most closely related to you? God’s fulfillment of your dream may well reorient their lives forever.
Mistreated, misunderstood, and misplaced? God’s dreams provide the key to open doors otherwise securely locked and closed.
I will wait on God when I feel delayed or denied.
Our Father, thank you for the encouragement of Joseph’s story. Empower us to live the life of your dreams for us. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.