Chapters Read: Genesis 37:1 – 39:23
“Here comes that dreamer!” they said to each other. Come now, let’s kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns and say that a ferocious animal devoured him. Then we’ll see what comes of his dreams.” – Genesis 37:19-20
God has placed a dream, a vision, in Joseph’s heart, and when he shared this dream to his brothers, the jealousy they harbored toward Joseph turned into anger. Isn’t it enough that he is our father’s favorite? Do we have to bow down and kiss his feet as well? I guess that was what they were thinking. Their hatred caused them to plot Joseph’s harm and fool their father into thinking that his favorite son was dead, devoured by a fierce wild animal.
But the Lord was with Joseph. His brothers’ schemes did not hinder God from blessing him. In fact, their actions were instrumental to fulfilling God’s plan in Joseph’s life.
“The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did, Joseph found favor in his eyes…” – Genesis 39:2-3
And even when Joseph was imprisoned for a crime that he did not commit, the Lord took care of him.
“But while Joseph was there in prison, the Lord was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden.” – Genesis 39:20-21
He may not have shown it in a vivid dream as He did with Joesph, by God has placed a specific vision and purpose in each of our hearts. We may have already figured it out, or maybe we are still searching for it, but God assures us one thing–no one and nothing can thwart His purposes in our lives. As long as we choose Him over our doubts and fears, He will be with us.