While i’m Waiting… Joseph’s Example!

Posted: September 25, 2013 in While i'm Waiting
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Romans 1:17 says, “For in the Gospel a righteousness which God ascribes is revealed, both springing from faith and leading to faith [disclosed through the way of faith that arouses to more faith]. As it is written, The man who through faith is just and upright shall live and shall live by faith.

.Joseph is one of the greatest heroes scripture. What separated him from others was his absolute trust in God, regardless of what happened to him. He is another example of what i am to do “While i’m Waiting.”

The story go’s like this. Genesis 37:3-11 (MSG.) Jacob loved Joseph more than any of his other sons because he was the child of his old age. And he made him an elaborately embroidered coat. When his brothers realized that their father loved him more than them, they grew to hate him, they wouldn’t even speak to him.

Joseph had a dream, told it to his brothers, they hated him even more. He said, “Listen to this dream I had. We were all out in the field gathering bundles of wheat. All of a sudden my bundle stood straight up and your bundles circled around it and bowed down to mine.”

His brothers said, “So! You’re going to rule us? You’re going to boss us around?” And they hated him more than ever because of his dreams and the way he talked.

He had another dream, “I dreamed another dream—the sun and moon and eleven stars bowed down to me!”

When he told it to his father and brothers, his father reprimanded him: “What’s with all this dreaming? Am i and your mother and your brothers all supposed to bow down to you?” Now his brothers were really jealous;

Like David, Joseph had his own sin. He was young and proud, enjoying his status as his father’s favorite. Joseph bragged, giving absolutely no thought as to how it might hurt his brothers. They weren’t just hurt, but became angry with his arrogance and threw him down a dry well, then sold him into slavery.

Thus, the story of another man whom God called to serve, waiting. So what else did Joseph do while he was waiting.

While Joseph was waiting, he was taken to Egypt, and sold again to Potiphar, an official in Pharaoh’s household. While Joseph was waiting, he gained position as overseer of Potiphar’s entire estate, through hard work and humility. While Joseph was waiting he was falsely accused by Potiphar’s wife of rape and then thrown into prison.

Joseph may have wondered why he was being punished for doing the right thing. But in-spite of it, he worked hard and again was put in charge, but this time, it was over all the prisoners.

God had given Joseph the gift of interpreting dreams. Two of Pharaoh’s servants were placed into the prison. Each told Joseph about their dreams. Then Joseph while he was waiting, falsely accused, in prison, told the cupbearer what his dream meant, and then told the baker his what his dream meant. Both interpretations proved true.

Two years later, while he is waiting, Pharaoh had a dream. Joseph interprets the dream, and his God-given wisdom was so great that Pharaoh puts Joseph in charge of all of Egypt. While Joseph is waiting he stockpiled grain to avoid a terrible famine.

Now Joseph’s brothers come to Egypt to buy food, and after many tests, Joseph revealed himself to them. He forgave them, then sent for their father, Jacob, and the rest of his people.

They all came to Egypt and settled in land Pharaoh gave them. Out of much adversity, much waiting, Joseph saved the 12 Tribes of Israel, God’s chosen people.

While Joseph was waiting for 23 years he was MOVING AHEAD BOLD AND CONFIDENT, taking EVERY step in obedience. While I’m waiting i am serving Him, I am worshiping Him, i am not fainting or becoming weary in well-doing. i am repositioning myself!

  1. Susan Sampson says:

    Thank you

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