Carey Lewis Devotions
Wednesday, October 28th, 2020
Hurry Up And Wait 2020, Case Studies: Joseph
Now Joseph had a dream, and he told it to his brothers... So he said to them, 'Please hear this dream which I have dreamed: There we were, binding sheaves in the field. Then behold, my sheaf arose and also stood upright; and indeed your sheaves stood all around and bowed down to my sheaf.'

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 37:5-8 (NKJV)
Recall this definition of 'hurry up and wait:'

A rising star who exceeds expectations and performs with excellence... regardless of circumstance or time.

Joseph was a 'hurry up and wait' hero.* His story began in Genesis 37 at the age of 17. He was a daddy's boy:

'Israel Jacob loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age' (v.3). In contrast, his ten older brothers 'Hated him and could not speak peaceably to him' (v.4).

God gave young Joseph two dreams that predicted future greatness. In naivety, Joseph shared these dreams with his brothers. In jealousy, they sold him into slavery, which took him to Egypt.

Once there, he served his master well and rose to the position of overseer. Yet Joseph would be betrayed again: this time by his master's wife. Joseph's next stop was prison.

Once there, he served his keeper well and rose to the position of assistant.

God had a plan, and Joseph had a test--a long one. In bondage, he learned many things, including humility, hard work and administrative skills. He also matured in his gift of dreaming... specifically dream interpretation.

Finally, the stage was set and Joseph was ready. His big break came in a meeting with Pharaoh. As a result, the dreamer-turned-administrator became the second most important man on Earth: the Governor of Egypt.

As God predicted, Joseph's family did bow down to him--along with countless others. More importantly, Joseph forgave his brothers and delivered them from starvation. In Egypt, God's chosen ones multiplied from 70 hungry people to a nation of two million.

This heroic teen waited 13 years for his success. But he never stopped hoping, working, and looking for the role he believed would come.

Therein, Joseph proved himself to be a rising star who exceeded expectations and performed with excellence regardless of circumstance or time.

## Hurry Up And Wait 2020, Case Studies: Joseph (Part 10)

* Study on Joseph:

NOTE: This is a 2020 edit of a 2013 Shine Devotion series, 'Hurry Up And Wait.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players.' Mostly true. But you're not 'merely players.' You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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