Joseph, Joseph, Joseph…

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Genesis 37:5 Once Joseph (17 years old, youngest of all his brothers) had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him (because he was their father’s favorite) even more. 6 He said to them, “Listen to this dream that I dreamed. 7 There we were, binding sheaves in the field. Suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright; then your sheaves gathered around it, and bowed down to my sheaf.” 8 His brothers said to him, “Are you indeed to reign over us? Are you indeed to have dominion over us?” So they hated him even more because of his dreams and his words.

Joseph was young, spoiled, and quick to open his big mouth. It’s one thing to have a dream of this kind. It’s another to tell your brothers about it. Not smart! 

What’s surprising is that God would ultimately use this snotty kid to save his people from famine. I guess that’s what I love about this story. It highlights the fact that God can take people who are very rough around the edges, who have lots of growing to do, and use them for his purposes.

This describes me. When I look in the mirror I see someone who is very rough around the edges, who has lots of maturing and growing to do despite my 51 years of age. Maybe that’s you too. If it is, take heart. God can, and will, make use of you – and me – despite all our shortcomings.

Thank you Heavenly Father for never giving up on us, even when we are so far from perfect. Mold us, shape us, use us for your purposes. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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