Genesis 41:25 Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, “Pharaoh’s dreams are one and the same; God has revealed to Pharaoh what he is about to do. 26 The seven good cows are seven years, and the seven good ears are seven years; the dreams are one. 27 The seven lean and ugly cows that came up after them are seven years, as are the seven empty ears blighted by the east wind. They are seven years of famine. … 33 Now therefore let Pharaoh select a man who is discerning and wise, and set him over the land of Egypt…37 The proposal pleased Pharaoh and all his servants. 38 Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find anyone else like this—one in whom is the spirit of God?” 39 So Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has shown you all this, there is no one so discerning and wise as you. 40 You shall be over my house, and all my people shall order themselves as you command; only with regard to the throne will I be greater than you.”
We’re getting close to the end of Joseph’s story. He was first introduced as the youngest of 12 sons who was favored by his father over his brothers. As a teenager Joseph saw in a dream God’s plans for him. He would one day be a very important person to whom others would bow down – including his own brothers. And, being a foolish youth, Joseph told his brothers about his dream. Bad idea. His brothers ended up selling him into slavery while telling their father he’d been killed by wild animals. Thus began a long journey for Joseph from slavery to 2nd in command of Egypt.
Two things stick out for me in this story:
(1) It’s clear from the start that, while God had big plans for Joseph, there was nothing special about Joseph. He wasn’t particularly bright or righteous or responsible. In fact, he was a bit of a spoiled brat. Yet, God chose to use him in a special way nonetheless.
Think you’re not good enough for God to use in a special way for his glory? Think again.
(2) Joseph was a teenage youth when God revealed to him his bright future. Yet it would take many years (including many trials and hardships) for Joseph’s character to reach the level of maturity necessary to fulfill his destiny.
Just because you may not be walking in your God-given destiny today doesn’t mean you won’t in the future.
Remember that when God conceived you in your mother’s womb, God had a dream for you. A “destiny”, if you will. If you were to try and name what God’s destiny for you might be, what would you say? Are you living that destiny yet, or does it remain in your future? If it’s in your future, what do you think are the remaining character elements the Lord needs to mature in you so that you can be successful? Let’s pray.
Heavenly Father, each of us has a destiny to fulfill. Some of us may know what that destiny looks like, while others of us may not. Give us grace to discern what it is you want us to do with our lives. And develop within us the character and competence needed to be successful. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.