DAY 109 - BIG PICTURE IN A YEAR - THE PROMISE
Now Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers they hated him even more.
Genesis 37: 5
Jacob, whose name had been changed to Israel, had eleven sons at this point in the story. His favourite son’s name was Joseph because he was born when Jacob was older by his favourite wife Rachel, who had to overcome barrenness in order to give birth. Sound familiar?
God blessed Joseph with the gift of understanding and of being able to hear God’s word through dreams. These gifts of God are very powerful and when used with humility they change the lives of people and even whole nations. God used Joseph and the spiritual gifts that He gave him to preserve the Promise given to Abraham back in Genesis 12. But as we saw with Jacob, God first had to “wrestle” some things out of Joseph before He could really use him to bring salvation to pass.
Three evil things done by wicked selfish people against Joseph were used by God to prepare him to bring salvation to God’s people - his brothers sold him into slavery [Genesis 37:12-36]; Potiphar’s wife falsely accused him and had him thrown into prison [Genesis 39] and he was forgotten and left in prison for two years [Genesis 40].
What the enemy means for our harm, God transforms into our blessing and by it turns us into people who can carry His Promise. Trust God in the midst of all the difficulties that you face and He will make you a carrier of salvation. Don’t give up, trust and obey.
I offer my life to You so that You may use me to carry and convey Your blessing. Give me courage not to give up on this calling on my life.
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