Lessons from Joseph (Part 2)


“Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life” (Gen 45:5).



Joseph’s brothers had had enough. He kept on going on and on about the dreams he had. One of the dreams implied that his elder brothers had bowed to him. As if that was not enough, he had another dream where his brothers and both his parent bowed to him. ‘I too know.’ He wasn’t even afraid to share it with them every chance he got (Gen 37:3-11).


Perhaps they may not have known David’s brothers, but they could relate with them. They also had a younger brother who thought he was so special. In fact as they were in the battle field in fear of their lives because of the giant Philistine Goliath, their brother showed up again(1 SAM 17:28-29). ‘Who is keeping the sheep if you’re here?’ they mocked him. What they did not know was that David would deliver them all from the Philistines.


Are you like these brothers? When someone younger in age or status approaches you with a dream, do you shut them up because of your own insecurities? Don’t be like that. Learn to believe in people. Be an encourager. Also, you might find yourself on the other side of the equation, being pulled down by the words of us. Stay courageous in the word that God has spoken to you. Even when things are not working in line with your dream, develop character in your waiting period. Like David, tend the sheep. Like Joseph, be faithful wherever you find yourself. When there is nothing you can do, do what you can do.