“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen” -1 Peter 5:6-11
When God gives you revelation, vision or a dream, do not be surprised to find no one care to hear about it. Don’t be surprised at the lack of support, encouragement or have some who rise up to extinguish it. Do not let this discourage you! It will not destroy what God has already started in you. It is important to realize that God has given it to you and He is preparing you for a greater purpose. Its purpose isn’t to receive praise recognition or praise by others. Sharing your dream to soon may stir up unnecessary trouble. People usually dismiss what they are not ready for or cannot comprehend.
The story of Joseph begins in Genesis chapter 37. A dreamer like most of us. He shares every detail with his brothers who despised him. (Read Genesis 37:1-11). Not only did his brothers hate him, but his own father also rebuked him! Joseph was not yet clear about what his dreams meant when he had already shared it with the others. What God has started in you is for you and he will work it out in you (Psalm 138:8). This is not for the glory of others, but for the glory of God.
We learn as we finish chapter one that Josephs brothers plotted against him. Although they planned to get rid of Joseph, God turned all their plans for his good. It wasn’t easy, but Joseph remained faithful to God and had his heart in the right place no matter his circumstances. God worked out his plan in Joseph’s life no matter how complicated things had become.
Throughout the story, it is clear that Joseph had a heart to do his fathers will and to do the right thing in the eyes of God. I love Genesis 37:13 – “And Israel said to Joseph, “Are not your brothers feeding the flock in Shechem? Come, I will send you to them.” So he said to him, “Here I am.” It takes a willing heart for God to work! Are you willing?
“Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.” 1 Thessalonians 5:24
“Stay Encouraged. Stay in the Word” -Eunice Green