Ever had a dream that came true? I have. More times than I can count. And unfortunately, they didn’t always deal with good things. Like when I dreamed that my great-grandmother died...and she did a few weeks later.
Joseph‘s parents were Jacob and Rachel. And he, like me, was a dreamer.
In Genesis 37:7, Joseph, excited about the dream he had, tells his brothers, “We were all in the field tying up sheaves of wheat, when my sheaf got up and stood up straight. Yours formed a circle around mine and bowed down to it.”
Verse 9 says, “Then Joseph had another dream and told his brothers, ‘I had another dream, in which I saw the sun, the moon, and eleven stars bowing down to me.’”
Joseph had a gift from God–both to have God-given dreams and to interpret dreams. Dreams played a very instrumental part in his life.
But, Joseph, like most of us, didn’t know who to share his gift with. He shared it with his brothers, who became jealous of Joseph.
Were they jealous that their father loved Joseph more (Genesis 37:3)? Were they jealous that Joseph had dreams? That God’s favor was upon Joseph? Maybe all of the above. We don’t really know.
Joseph’s brothers were so jealous that they plotted to kill him. “Let’s get rid of Joseph, the dreamer,” they might have said, “then all our problems will be gone.”
A caravan of Ishmaelites were traveling to Egypt as his brothers were eating, so Judah got an idea. If they sold him into slavery, they would be rid of Joseph and be paid for their trouble. And that’s what they did. They sold him and told Jacob that Joseph had been eaten by a wild animal. Even dipping Joseph’s coat in goat’s blood to present as proof.
While Joseph served in Potiphar’s house–one of the king’s officers who was the captain of the palace guard–God made Joseph so successful that Potiphar put Joseph in charge of his house and everything he owned.
But when Potiphar was away, his wife wanted Joseph to sleep with her. As he tried to escape, she ripped off a piece of his clothes and told her husband that Joseph tried to rape her.
Joseph was immediately thrown into prison for a crime he didn’t commit. While there, he interpreted the dreams of two prisoners. One who would be put to death, and one who would be released and restored to his former position.
Two years later, the king of Egypt had a dream and was puzzled by it. The prisoner who had been restored to his position told the king about Joseph.
Joseph was released and interpreted the king’s dream, which indicated that there would be seven years of plenty, then seven years of famine. Because Joseph was able to interpret the king’s dream, and because God was with Joseph, the king made Joseph governor over Egypt, second-in-charge of the land.
So when Jacob sent Joseph’s brothers to buy food during the famine, they met up with the brother they tried to get rid of.
God had used Joseph’s gift to bring him before kings and rulers, yes, but God had also placed Joseph in that position at that time to save the Israelites from starving to death.
Even though Joseph had to go through hard times and struggles, God was in control the whole time. God was lining up events and people so that Joseph would be in a position of authority at just the right time to save the Israelites...and the Egyptians.
God promises us in Romans 8:28“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
Everything that you are going through, everything you have gone through, God will work for good...if you have accepted Christ as your Saviour.
Today, you may be going through a troubled marriage, lost your job, have people plotting against you, but if you will forgive and not try to get revenge, God will turn your situation around for your good. And He will give you justice for the pain and suffering that you have gone through. He will give you double for your trouble.