Dreams…Some are just thoughts we don’t put into action. And some, people say are too big to happen.
For Joseph, “The Dreamer” dreams were his gift from God. He dreamed dreams, lived them, and interpreted them. His dreams were what propelled him from prison to the palace. Joseph’s story is told in Genesis 37-50. We learn that at the time when he was still in his father’s home, he was the youngest son born to his father, Jacob, at a very old age. He was also the son of Jacob’s beloved wife, Rachel, who was barren for years before she got pregnant with Joseph. Joseph sounds like a miracle child everyone would want to welcome with open arms, but it wasn’t exactly that way when it came to his brothers. Joseph was given the infamous coat of many colors robe from his father, dreamed prophetic dreams that translated that he was superior to his family, and so much more that his brothers despised him for. The hatred amongst his brothers got so much that they gathered up a plan to kill him.
Jesus wasn’t the only one who was betrayed by people he thought he could trust. Joseph clearly had experienced betrayal as well. The ones they both thought would’ve had their back, defending and supporting them…didn’t. Their “loved ones” didn’t just leave them, they lied about them and sent them off to die.
Joseph ends up not dying but instead being sold to Potiphar, the captain of Pharaoh’s royal guard. Later, Joseph was imprisoned for being falsely accused of an action he didn’t commit. Sounds familiar- Jesus too was being plotted to be killed, chained and being falsely accused.
God wasn’t planning these set ups for a setback. He was setting apart Jesus and Joseph to stand them up. Sometimes your separation from the things that were once comfortable to you is really God sanctifying you for the biggest plan of your life.
God delivered Joseph out of prison by making him Pharaoh’s right-hand man. Genesis 41:40-41 says, “You [Joseph] will be in charge of my court and all my people will take order from you… I put you in charge of the entire land of Egypt.”
What a faithful God we serve. God raised up Jesus and Joseph above their enemies, trouble, hurt and disappointment. At Jesus’ resurrection He even had His enemies right at His feet. Joseph’s story ends similarly with his brothers bowing down to his feet as well. But no matter what their enemies had done to them, both Jesus and Joseph forgave them.
Child of God, first don’t allow your enemies to steal your dreams. Secondly, if you have enemies right now, rejoice because that just means your destiny is awaiting your arrival! Lastly, forgive your enemies today. Jesus innocently hung on the cross and with his final breaths whispered, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” Luke 23:34
Dear Heavenly Father, help me to forgive the ones who have wronged me. Heal my broken and hurting heart. Strengthen me so that I may be able to step in my destiny and dreams that are waiting for me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
*written by Megan Cochran