As a young man, Joseph had some very big dreams.
Before Joseph was living it up in the palace as Pharaoh’s right hand man, he was stuck in a pit.
Yeah, his brothers hated that Joseph was the “favorite,” with a coat of many colors to rub it in even more!
Talk about sibling rivalry! I may have tied my little sister to a pole in the basement 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 was bent towards a cocky misinterpretation of Gods gifts.
Have you ever misinterpreted what God was saying?
God gives us gifts; However, in our sin, we abuse these gifts 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. However, if we continue to read through Genesis, we will find that this is an accurate picture of what is to come.
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 is just as destructive. The way in which we respond when someone else gets promoted, speaks volumes of our desire for greatness.
In 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 our towers of glory.
Where did Jo go wrong?
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.
So….He ended up in a pit (probably not in his plan for the day).
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. Our dreams should be about building others up instead of building a bigger name for ourselves.
Are you stuck in the pits? This pit may very well be the place where God cast vision for your life.
There is freedom to be found deep in the pits. As we lean into the shadow, instead of reaching for the spotlight, we start to see clearly. Joseph’s training ground for the palace was in the bottom of a pit. It is in this darkness where new dreams rise up.
How are you using the gifts God has given you?