Thursday, April 18th, 2013
Hurry Up And Wait (Part 10)
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. Joseph 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--dreams that predicted future greatness. In innocence, Joseph shared them with his brothers, and they plotted against him. They sold him into slavery, which took him to Egypt.
Once there, he served his master well and became his overseer, but Joseph would be betrayed once again--this time by his master's wife. Joseph's next stop was prison. Once there, he served his keeper well and became his assistant.
God had a plan, and Joseph had a test--a long one. In bondage, he learned many things, including humility, hard work and social skills. He also matured in his gifts of administration and dreaming--specifically dream interpretation.
Thirteen years later, the stage was set and Joseph was ready. So was his big break: 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 over two million strong.
Nevertheless, this heroic teen waited 13 years for his success. But he never stopped hoping, working, and looking for the break he knew would come.
Therein, Joseph proved himself to be a rising star who exceeded expectations and performed with excellence regardless of circumstance or time.
To Be Continued...
Study on Joseph: http://www.jesusplusnothing.com/studies/online/jcjoseph.htm
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Hurry Up And Wait series.