When we look at the life of Joseph, we can concentrate on two aspects; the favor of God and the tribulation endured.
Joseph was destined to do great things on Earth and he knew it. He started to boast about it to his family and it caused a lot of animosity among the brothers. When our purpose in life is revealed, do we position ourselves above the rest and start thinking we’re better than anyone else or do we humble ourselves and focus on the training that will be set before which will enable us to fulfill the actual calling?
When the Lord reveals our purpose, He will humble us first and build us up to have the appropriate character to perform what is needed. Many of us receive the revelation and expect that it will happen tomorrow. But, indeed, it takes preparation and testing of our faith.
Jeremiah 29:11 (AMP)
For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.
Below is a quick synopsis of what Joseph went through:
Would we be able to withstand all this and still rise to the top? Or would we crumble down and ask the Lord for a less stressed assignment?
Joseph decided to take the path God destined for him and endured it all. There were lots of nights of tears and heartache as he was pulled further and further away from ever seeing his family and everything he knew. But God had a better plan for him.
Numbers 23:19-20 (NIV) reads, “God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill? I have received a command to bless; he has blessed, and I cannot change it.”
When He speaks a Word to you, trust it and take a step in faith. When we decide to take God’s path, it will not be an easy road and we may be sent to unfamiliar territories. But where ever He sends us, we will bloom because that’s how He works.
Joseph felt much discomfort as he was pulled out of his comfort zone and put into another foreign culture. But wherever he landed, he prospered by God. He was sent ahead of his family in order to save them in the future. Did it cost him? Yes, it did! But wasn’t it worth it? He didn’t just save his family; he saved a whole nation. He stood at Pharaoh’s right hand just as Jesus stands by our Father.
For those who feel as if they’re being called away from all they know and are being sent to a new area in life, make sure it’s from the Lord. If it is, know that the journey will be full of tests but our life will be one of fulfillment in the Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 12:7-10 (AMP)
7And to keep me from being puffed up and too much elated by the exceeding greatness (preeminence) of these revelations, there was given me a thorn (a splinter) in the flesh, a messenger of Satan, to rack and buffet and harass me, to keep me from being excessively exalted. [Job. 2:6.] 8Three times I called upon the Lord and besought [Him] about this and begged that it might depart from me;9But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me!10So for the sake of Christ, I am well pleased and take pleasure in infirmities, insults, hardships, persecutions, perplexities and distresses; for when I am weak [in human strength], then am I [truly] strong (able, powerful in divine strength).