Every great superhero story starts with a young protagonist, minding his own business when, circumstances well outside their control impact and change his life. Joseph was, by all accounts, a superhero. He was the favored son of Israel. Rueben, Israel’s oldest son had an affair with one of his father’s concubines. That destroyed their relationship. So Joseph, Rachel’s oldest son was clearly his favorite.
God gave Joseph the ability to dream and see the future. Joseph, was pleased and shared it with his dad and his dad and his siblings–So started the adventure. Between Israel’s love and favoring Joseph, and his brother’s jealousy and rage–it was clear things were going to get difficult for Joseph. For now however, Joseph was loved, blessed and devoted to God with all his heart. He was content to simply listen and follow.
We, like Joseph, have the ability to simply move forward and follow God. We do not know what all lies ahead in our future, we just know that our Father in Heaven holds the future and his plan for our lives. While God’s plan is not easy to discern, his promise is. “I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not harm you; plans to give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11. We have to follow God’s lead–both with humility and grace. We only know the end–we have to trust him for the journey in between. We can rest assured, that, if we will–the journey will be an amazing one!
God Bless You
Joseph, a young man of seventeen, was tending the flocks with his brothers, the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives, and he brought their father a bad report about them.
3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made an ornate[a] robe for him. 4 When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him.
5 Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more. 6 He said to them, “Listen to this dream I had: 7 We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it.”
8 His brothers said to him, “Do you intend to reign over us? Will you actually rule us?” And they hated him all the more because of his dream and what he had said.
9 Then he had another dream, and he told it to his brothers. “Listen,” he said, “I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.”
10 When he told his father as well as his brothers, his father rebuked him and said, “What is this dream you had? Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow down to the ground before you?” 11 His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind.