Now when Joseph reached his brothers, they stripped him of his tunic, the [distinctive] multicolored tunic which he was wearing; then they took him and threw him into the pit. Now the pit was empty; there was no water in it. Then they sat down to eat their meal. When they looked up, they saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead [east of the Jordan], with their camels bearing ladanum resin [for perfume] and balm and myrrh, going on their way to carry the cargo down to Egypt. Genesis 37:23-25 (AMP)
I can’t articulate how much I needed tjis piece of encouragement. Yhe Lord is so kind He gives strength to the weary. No matter where you find yourself today there is hope in Christ Jesus.
When your enemies or your brothers put you in a pit, do not los your integrity. Your father, your sister or your job may have put you in the pit. Your family may put you in a pit. God says, “Don’t move. A caravan is coming to pick up. Stay steady.”
God will shake you up to move from your comfort zone and put you in a pit to take you to your purpose in life. When go through some tough times down in the pit, God is preparing our charcter for you promotion.
Sometimes you feel stuck in pit , and nothing is working out. You try nothing works. You feel depressed. You begin think that God forgot you. God says, “No, there’s a caravan coming to pick you up and take you to your next purpose.”
When Joseph was down in the pit, he knew this was not the vision he had. When his brothers sold him to traders in the caravan, he thought This was not in my dream.” I imagine that Joseph did not cry in the pit. He did not get mad at God or complain in the pit. Whatever pit you’re going through is temporary.
Purpose is more important and powergul than a pit. Stay in the pit for nnow if you have to because God put you there for a reason; He is coming to get you when it is time. He will take you to your destination, if you maintain your integrity.
When the caravan came and Joseph’s brothers sold him, they thought they we selling him into slavery. It was an excursion to his purpose— all expenses paid. Think of Joseph staggering behind a camel in the hot desert sun, walking in camel dung, walking in the heat. His brothers sold him into slavery, but he was on his way to the throne to become Pharaoh’s right-hand man.
So Pharaoh said to Joseph, youhereby put you in charge of the whole land of Egypt.” Genesis 41:41
Even when you are staggering, wondering what is about to happen, God says, “Just hold to the rope , I am taking you to your throne.” Your vision is bigger than this! What God called you to do is bigger than this! The pit is not the end. The did come time when Joseph’ family had to come to him for food:
Now Joseph was the governor of the land, the one who sold grain to all its people. So n Joseph’s brothers arrived,they bowed down to him with their faces to the ground. Genesis 42:6
Some of you feel imprisoned in your employment. God said, “That’s OK. Don’t get mad.” Do what Joseph did— don’t get mad; maximize the moment. You are great. No one knows you yet. People think they know who you are, but on the inside of you is a leader they have not seen yet. Even your parents or your spouse has no seen the leader you have inside of you. You are still on your way to your end. They do not know who you are.
Should you maintain your integrity, no one can stop what you were born to do. So stay steady, stay committed, and stay focused. You re in your leadership spot. You have your assignment. You are secure in your area of gifting. The place is prepared for you. Be about the Father’s business , with excellent character.