Now these are the names of the sons of Israel, Jacob and his sons, who went to Egypt:….Genesis 46:8-27 (AMP)
Today’s devotion is such an encouraging and inspirational one especially to those discouraged. It is a record of all the descendants of Israel who acted in obedience and moved to Egypt from Canaan. One might also refer to it as the record of all the lives Joseph saved from his father’s household other than rest of the world. This is a record of the impact of his life, the effect of his fulfilled purpose, the saving the lives of many.
The climax of Joseph life seems amazing, he is living God’s dream for his life but let me encourage you with this. The beginning of Joseph was not so pleasing he fell from been his father’s favourite son, to a slave then on to a prisoner. When it all hope seemed lost, when he asked the King’s butler to remember him of desperation for his freedom, not long after he ascended to the throne. These thirteen years of his life was crucial, they prepared him for the throne.
In these thirteen years not much detail of his life is told, other than he was successful as a slave and he got promoted, he was falsely accused of rape and thrown into prison, he was then promoted to oversee the prison and he interpreted the king’s butler and bakers dream. Through it all the LORD’S faithfulness is boldly displayed as He never leaves nor forsakes Joseph.
We can learn a thing or two from Joseph’s thirteen years to the throne. These years were hard and humbling for Joseph. In these years his character was formed and built, through all the test he underwent. He got to discover and grow in his gifts, he had the gift of stewardship and interpretation of dreams which he natured. Most of all, these thirteen years was the period in his life were he got to grow intimately in his relationship with the Lord. Which ultimately proved that the Lord was more important to him than his dreams.
This also reminds me of the fact àaaaaathat Jesus Christ paid the prize for our salvation. He suffered and died a horrible death, the worst kind in human history so that today we can have freedom. Because of his sacrifice on the cross our lives are redeemed from eternal distraction and we are crowned in loving kindness and tender mercy.
Today I just want you to encourage with this, the hidden and silent years of your life precedes the period in which you live the dream God has for your life. Though the hidden years are tough and trying just hang in there, you’re on you to your throne. These reminds me Habakkuk’s words in Habakkuk 2:1-3
I will stand at my guard post and station myself on the tower; and I will keep watch to see what He will say to me, and what answer I will give [as His spokesman] when I am reproved. Then the Lord answered me and said, “Write the vision and engrave it plainly on [clay] tablets so that the one who reads it will run. “For the vision is yet for the appointed [future] time. It hurries toward the goal [of fulfilment]; it will not fail. Even though it delays, wait [patiently] for it, Because it will certainly come; it will not delay.
Keep waiting for the fulfilment of your vision from the Lord, meanwhile discover and nature your talents for their increase, this is for the benefit of others as well as grow in knowledge of the Lord, seek Him and deepen your intimacy in relationship with Him. For when you wait upon the Lord [expect, look for, and hope in Him] you will gain new strength and renew your power; you will lift up your wings [and rise up close to God] like eagles [rising toward the sun]; you will run and not become weary, you will walk and not grow tired.
• For I consider [from the standpoint of faith] that the sufferings of the present life are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is about to be revealed to us and in us! Romans 8:18 (AMP)
• For our momentary, light distress [this passing trouble] is producing for us an eternal weight of glory [a fullness] beyond all measure [surpassing all comparisons, a transcendent splendor and an endless blessedness]! 2 Corinthians 4:17 (AMP)