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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Psalm 139:17, 18 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!
2 Corinthians 5:1-5 For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies. While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 10:13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.