Joseph had a dream. That dream would take years and many challenges to manifest. He went from being a son to the pit to being sold to Potiphar's house, to prison, and finally to the palace where he was second in command of all of Egypt. It's important to note that the favor of God was on him in every season of challenge.
Joseph's story reminds me of Romans 8:28 in action:
"We are assured and know that [[a]God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose." (Romans 8:28 AMPC)
All things work together for good. It may not look like it or even feel like it but God's Word says it does so we can rest assured we will experience the good. Joseph's life proves it does. Yes, he had a lot of challenges along the way to the fulfillment of his dream before he ever experienced the good, the manifestation of his dream. I'm also reminded that God's purpose for your life or call on your life cannot be derailed.
"For God’s gifts and His call are irrevocable. [He never withdraws them when once they are given, and He does not change His mind about those to whom He gives His grace or to whom He sends His call.]" (Romans 11:29 AMPC)
We don't see things from God's perspective, but you must believe that no matter what you face, His plan for your life will prevail. Even your poor choices or head-on attacks by the enemy, through people, can't impact it.
God wastes nothing. Sometimes, we're ready, but where God is sending us may not be ready to receive us. While He's working on you, He's also working on them. It isn't always about us. There's a lot more going on than what we see.
God sees what we can't and knows what we don't so we can trust Him, His process, and His timing. Trust me, you don't know better!
I love that Joseph's family saw his dream come true in their lifetime. While they may not have realized it, the lesson is that you can't destroy the dream God has given people. They were no match for God, and neither are we.
My desire is to help people build dreams, not destroy them.
Be an encourager and not a dream killer! Remember, the one you're trying to destroy was created and kept by God. I'm thinking it's unwise to violate God's property. I'm just saying!
“Therefore encourage (admonish, exhort) one another and edify (strengthen and build up) one another, just as you are doing.” (I Thessalonians 5:11 AMPC)
Let me encourage you to move forward in your dream no matter the obstacles you're facing:
“If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done.” (Ecclesiastes 11:4 TLB)
We don't need perfect conditions to get things done. We just need the power of God and faith in God for dreams to become reality.
“Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God's Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don't know how or what to pray, it doesn't matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God.” (Romans 8:26-27 MSG)
You're not in this alone:
“Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]” (Ephesians 3:20 AMPC)
Be Encouraged! ❤