Thursday, May 30, 2013

God's Dreams for us Come True in our Lives, No Matter What

"Come now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into some pit, and we will say, Some evil beast hath devoured him: and we shall see what will become of his dreams." (Genesis 37: 20)

Many of us have dreams. Some of them are based on our past experiences, or the present appraisal of our skills, or the future that we would like to see in our lives, or the future that we wish we could have.

Joseph dreamed great dreams, which even he did not quite understand. Yet before he dreamed anyything, he knew that he was precious and beloved of his father:

"Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours. 4And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him." (Genesis 37: 3-4)

A coat of many colors speaks of God's grace and favor, much like the rainbow, God's covenant with Noah and the world that He would never be angry with the world again, enough to rain down a flood. (Genesis 9: 8-15)

Without a doubt, this love allowed Joseph to receive great dreams from God:

"5And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more. 6And he said unto them, Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed: 7For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf. 8And his brethren said to him, Shalt thou indeed reign over us? or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us? And they hated him yet the more for his dreams, and for his words."

For their hatred and their jealousy, Joseph's brothers cast him into a pit, plotting to kill him, and to put an end to his dreams.

What the brethren did not realize, and which Joseph would learn after rising from one post after another in leadership, is that their attempt to kill him and his dreams actually made sure that they would happen, plus more. After many years, through trials and blessings and mishaps, Joseph became the second in command in Egypt, and "Savior of the World" (Genesis 41: 45). When Joseph the ruler of Egypt revealed himself to his brothers, he declared:

"Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life." (Genesis 45: 5)

God gives us beyond what we can ask or think:

"20Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, 21Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen." (Ephesians 3: 20-21)

When God gives us a dream, He has more than our own profit in mind. More importantly, we should never fear that when mishaps or setbacks fall upon us, that God has stopped loving us, or that the dreams which He has given us or dead. In fact, those very setbacks will set up you up for greater glory and the greater good of all in Christ.

God's Dreams for us Come True in our Lives, no matter what the circumstances.

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