JOSEPH: HIT YOUR KNEES WHEN YOU FALL
‘As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.' Genesis 50:20 ESV
Here’s Joseph’s story in 3 lines: his brothers put him in a pit, his boss put him in a prison, and God put him on a throne. (a few millennia later, Andrew Lloyd Webber put some songs out). What can we learn from Joseph?
1. Your dreams may not go to your plan. Joseph’s dreams (Genesis 37:5-10) were about his own power. God’s plans included Joseph being in power, but were first about saving a nation. God’s plans weren’t incompatible with Joseph’s, but they were different, and massively better. Rather than us just growing our own empires, God wants to grow His Kingdom, which is a win for everyone. Joseph’s dreams seemed to have collapsed, but he got up again, with God.
2. Other people may knock you to your knees. But that’s a good place to land. If God is in control of your life (hint: He is), then even when people ‘mean evil against’ you, ‘God mean[s to use] it for good’. When you can only see the evil, go straight to God with it. He can bring you through it, and put you into a stronger place than before, because of it.
3. God does it all. Joseph took a few opportunities to arrange power for himself, but he fell flat (Genesis 40:23). God’s all for you being proactive in your plans, but He also wants to make sure we remember where success comes from, and stay close to Him. After all, isn’t God-less leadership a problem for humanity throughout our history?
Have a God-focussed day. Bask, if you can, in who God is and what He’s done for you. And have a really lovely day. (Remember what we said on Tuesday? Go for it!).