Daily D – Genesis 45:3-8
Genesis 45:3-8 Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is my father still living?” But his brothers were not able to answer him, because they were terrified at his presence.
4 Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! 5 And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. 6 For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will be no plowing and reaping. 7 But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.
8 “So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt.
The New International Version (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011), Ge 45:3–8.
How can you discern the difference between a God-given dream and a fantasy? Here is a simple, maybe even simplistic, guideline: If it is all about you, it is a fantasy. If it honors God and serves others, it may be a God dream.
Think back to Joseph’s dreams and how he reported them when he was seventeen years old. Read aloud Joseph’s simple statements and hear how they sounded like teenage fantasies (Genesis 37). Like many of God’s instructions to us from day to day, Joseph, his brothers, and their father could not foresee all the details ahead that would turn those dreams into reality.
Joseph provides dream coaching for us. Look at his life from the perspective of his teenage years and flash forward to his commanding position in Egypt without pausing for what happened in between, and it appears as though everything happened just as Little Joe said it would.
Look at his life from his commanding position in Egypt back to his teenage dreams, and you see how it took time and challenges to develop those dreams. Reality is less like an iPhone snapshot and more like a Polaroid. [https://bit.ly/3Hj7CHa]
If you have a dream you believe God has placed in your heart, listen to it carefully, develop it wisely, steward it appropriately.
Listen to what God says through his word and through his daily direction of your steps. Where God is leading most often is closely connected to where you have been. What has he led you through to where you are? What are your top ten high points? What are your top ten hard times? What do they tell you about the path God has laid before you?
If you were to draw six simple sketches of your life story that best declare God’s direction for your life to this point, what stories would they tell?
When God’s dreams for you begin to turn into reality, make sure to keep them focused on others. There is always the temptation to make yourself a hero. Remember how God blessed Abraham to be a blessing to every people group in the whole world (Genesis 12:1-3; 17:1-9)? He wants to bless you to be a blessing as well. The more God blesses you and places in your hands, the more you are to overflow with goodness and grace to others.
My friend Dave Rhodes says, “The longer you are the hero, the harder it is to become a heromaker.” Joseph was infinitely blessed by God. He shared his blessings with his brothers, his father, and the rest of the extended family. The family prospered and expanded greatly in the following years.
- What dream do you think God has given you?
- Where are you in the story?
- Who can help you develop your dream?
- How will you manage the blessings of your dreams by serving others?
- How will you become a heromaker?
I will bless others with what God places in my hands.
Our Father, thank you for dreams. Your dreams for me are better than any I could fantasize about myself. Make me a blessing to those I encounter from day to day and to those I serve in your name. Make me a trustworthy dream coach. Make me a heromaker. Amen.
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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.
Psalm 52:8, 9 ”But I am like a flourishing olive tree in the house of God; I trust in God’s faithful love forever and ever. I will praise you forever for what you have done. In the presence of your faithful people, I will put my hope in your name, for it is good.“