// You give me strength. You lift my weary heart. You’re the fire in my veins. //
Strength: Jonathan & Melissa Helser
Believe in your dreams, again.
November. The month of thanks. Most people recognize what they have maybe a little more now. Then any other time of the year. It’s in the air to be more thankful. So what does dreaming and being thankful have in common? Let find out in this month’s series:
Have you ever had a dream to do something big? Probably as a kid you wanted to do extraordinary things. As you grew life probably told you those dreams were too far away or not reality. But who gave you those dreams? Was it just a whim or could it be the God of the universe choose you to carry out the extraordinary?
Well, you’re not alone. Many people throughout the Bible had this same confliction. No one better than a boy named Joseph. This month we are going to travel with Joseph and see if we can find our direction in this dream world life.
We will be reading from Genesis 37. We encourage you to read these passages in entirety as we will be paraphrasing in order to honor your time. Let’s begin.
Chapter 37 begins with Joseph, 17 years old. He tattled on his brothers. So this may not seem important. But you have to realize. This is setting the standard for Joseph’s character at the time. He like most teenagers are just trying to find their place. With Joseph having brothers from multiple women, their bond as brothers was already strained.
“Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age. Also he made him a tunic of many colors.”
Genesis 37:3 NKJV
Have you ever thought people were against you not because of what you’ve done necessarily but because of how others treated you? Joseph never chose to be the favorite. He didn’t ask Jacob to place him so high. So why did Jacob do this? Because of a promise. The Bible plays out this love story between Jacob and Rachel. Jacob always chased and longed for a life with Rachel. But was detoured by life. Both Joseph and then later Benjamin were products of this promise of love between Rachel and Jacob.
Life has a funny way of treating people. Just when we think ”hey, what could be worse?” Bam, the rug is torn out from under us. Joseph began to dream and this set him into the next phase of his story.
“And his brothers said to him, “Shall you indeed reign over us? Or shall you indeed have dominion over us?” So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words.”
Genesis 37:8 NKJV
All Joseph did at this time was release his dream. Now we can’t tell how Joseph delivered this dream except it stirred the brothers up. Already insecure for the love Jacob had for Joseph over them caused a deep pain in them. Now this young kid was telling them he would rule over them? Nerve. So just like that, a wedge of division drove Joseph and his brothers further away.
By this point, Joseph probably felt quite isolated. You may have had a different relationship with your parents. But being a 17 year old and the only friend you have is your dad… That’s not very much fun. Especially when your brother were close and hung out with each other. Joseph just wanted to belong again.
Now how does this apply to you? Have you had a dream to change the world? I bet you couldn’t wait to tell anyone and everyone about this great thing you thought you could do. But I bet the response from people was different than what you hoped it would be. People probably encouraged you but not believed in you. Or they dismissed the dream altogether. You no longer knew who would support this dream in fullness. You probably felt the most isolated ever. Even if maybe one person believed.
We have to be careful in who we release what God has given us. Joseph probably didn’t realize what was going to be the last straw for his brothers. Joseph may have had an arrogance to him thinking he was better than them. He was raised to believe he was higher. At least in the mind of his father. Joseph needed wisdom. Could he have pulled his father aside and said ”pray with me I’ve had this dream. I don’t understand it. Will you help me?” Instead, he had to find out the hard way.
You are going to have people hate you for your vision. There isn’t just one reason. It’s just the world we live in. If you strike gold, people want the product of gold vs the reality of what it took to get it. We fight for the process and the end result. While others want that of instant gratification without sacrifice. Joseph sacrifice began with isolation.
Now for you. HOPE. People may be against you. But there is a Jacob routing for your success. Even if you didn’t realize it at the time. The Jacob of your life cries out to the Father in prayer for you to keep going. Don’t focus on your isolation season, but the opportunity for a private encounter with the King. Focus on the Jacob’s of your life that are willing to go with you and contend for your dreams to be a success.
Join us next week as we journey to Egypt. The price of a dream that cost Joseph everything. Your dream will take your places. But will you hold on or give up?
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Hello friends, I’m Marco. I’m an RN, & founder of Four Winds, a ministerial blog.
I have a heart for this generation to know who they are & whose they are. I also contend for revival to cover college campuses. As well as preach the word until every nation has heard. Sharing Jesus with all, & showing the love that was once shown me.