Adoption Advent Ann Voskamp

The Celebration: December 9 From Pits to Palaces

Before Joseph, the dreamer arrived at the palace, he was stuck in a pit.

Talk about sibling rivalry!  I may have tied my sister to a pole when she was little and left her in the dark but I would never throw her in a pit!

God gave Joseph the gift of interpreting dreams but before Joseph was the Dream guru, he had a bend towards a cocky misinterpretation of Gods gifts.

Have you ever misunderstood something God was saying to you?

God gives us gifts and in our sin  we abuse them or use them for our own glory, much like the dreamer.

In Josephs play by play of his earlier dreams, his family was bowing down to him.  How nice.  If we continue to read through Genesis, we will find that this is an accurate picture of what is to come.

BUT….

How would you respond if a sibling or friend told you that you should grovel at their feet?  Exactly.

Although we may not be plotting murder, jealousy has just as deadly a consequence. The way in which we respond when someone else gets promoted, speaks volumes of our desire for greatness.

In yet another dream, Joseph reveals that the stars and yes, even the moon, were bowing down to him.  As I read these verses, I can an almost see Joseph in all of his rainbow brilliance, strutting his stuff like a proud peacock.  I did not sense much humility from this dreamer.

When we live with our heads in the clouds, or up in ivory towers, it is hard to realize our feet our anchored to the ground just like everyone else.  Everyone seems so tiny and insignificant from way up there.

Joseph interpreted these God given dreams apart from Gods purpose  and plan and as a result, he came up with this  assumption:  1.) He was something special and 2.)  since he is so special, everyone should know.

Before the pit…there didn’t seem to be much praise.

After the pit and later being thrown into prison, Joseph uses his gifts for the glory of God, as we see in Pharaohs response to Joseph interpreting his dream:  “And Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find a man like this, in whom is the Spirit of God?”

Pharaoh recognized that Jo’s gifts were from the Lord and he then placed Joseph over his house.

In a pit.  In a prison. In a palace….Joseph was right where God wanted him to be in order to accomplish his purposes.

“You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good.”

God blessed Joseph so that Joseph could be a blessing to others.  God used him to feed his people during a severe famine.  God is always calling us to provide for the hungry and the hurting.

How are you using the gifts God has given you?

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