We going to look at the life of Joseph and see how God, The Great Planner was maneuvering and orchestrating his life bringing him into the fullness of the dream God had for him. That same God is planning your life today.
Joseph went from the pit to the palace. Let us draw some wisdom and encouragement from his life.
We will see how…
Joseph was forsaken.
Joseph was falsely accused.
Joseph was forgotten.
Joseph was favoured.
The first thing that happened to Joseph was…
- Joseph was forsaken.
Now Jacob dwelt in the land where his father was a stranger, in the land of Canaan. 2 This is the history of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brothers. And the lad was with the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives; and Joseph brought a bad report of them to his father. 3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age. Also he made him a tunic of many colors. 4 But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peaceably to him.
Even though people will hate and come against you, they are just being influenced by the devil. Don’t get caught up fighting people and talking about them all the time. People are not your enemy.
5 Now Joseph had a dream, and he told it to his brothers; and they hated him even more. 6 So he said to them, “Please hear this dream which I have dreamed: 7 There we were, binding sheaves in the field. Then behold, my sheaf arose and also stood upright; and indeed your sheaves stood all around and bowed down to my sheaf.” 8 And his brothers said to him, “Shall you indeed reign over us? Or shall you indeed have dominion over us?” So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words.
Be very careful who you share your dreams with. Not everybody is going to celebrate it with you. The minute Mary fell pregnant, she went to Elizabeth who also fell pregnant supernaturally. They could relate. Their babies leaped when they came together and spoke.
9 Then he dreamed still another dream and told it to his brothers, and said, “Look, I have dreamed another dream. And this time, the sun, the moon, and the eleven stars bowed down to me.” 10 So he told it to his father and his brothers; and his father rebuked him and said to him, “What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall your mother and I and your brothers indeed come to bow down to the earth before you?” 11 And his brothers envied him, but his father kept the matter in mind.
They didn’t realize that God was preparing to raise Joseph up for them. But they were so blinded by hate and jealousy that they couldn’t see it. Don’t be blinded by hate. Don’t be blinded by envy and jealousy. Celebrate when God is doing something awesome in somebody else’s life. You are not them and they can’t be you. You have your place and they have theirs.
12 Then his brothers went to feed their father’s flock in Shechem. 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.” 18 Now when they saw him afar off, even before he came near them, they conspired against him to kill him. 19 Then they said to one another, “Look, this dreamer is coming! 20 Come therefore, let us now kill him and cast him into some pit; and we shall say, ‘Some wild beast has devoured him.’ We shall see what will become of his dreams!”
The enemy is after your dream. He is a dream thief and a dream killer. Don’t let him abort your dream.
Because you were hated and criticized and forsaken, some of you have let go of your dreams and you’ve settled for a mediocre, average life.
Do you know one of the reasons why Joseph was so successful and made it to the top and saw his dream come to pass is this?
While he was going down into the pit, he already forgave his brothers for forsaking him. While he was going down to the prison, he already forgave Potiphars wife who falsely accused him. And while he was still in prison, he already forgave the butler who forgot him.
He walked in love and forgiveness and not bitterness. That’s what took him to the top. That’s what took him from the garbage dump to the boardroom.
Don’t let life, people and circumstances turn you into a bitter person. Choose to be better by forgiving them and watch how God turns things around for you.
Bitterness does more damage to the vessel in which it is stored than the object on which it is poured.
21 But Reuben heard it, and he delivered him out of their hands, and said, “Let us not kill him.” 22 And Reuben said to them, “Shed no blood, but cast him into this pit which is in the wilderness, and do not lay a hand on him”—that he might deliver him out of their hands, and bring him back to his father.
That wasn’t the plan, for Joseph to go back to his father. The plan was for him to go to Egypt. That same God is planning your life today. He is using the good, the bad and the ugly and making something beautiful out of the ashes of your life.
23 So it came to pass, when Joseph had come to his brothers, that they stripped Joseph of his tunic, the tunic of many colors that was on him.
They can strip your coat but they can’t strip your favour.
24 Then they took him and cast him into a pit. And the pit was empty; there was no water in it.
PIT – PASTOR IN TRAINING
Ephesians 4:7-12 NKJV
7 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 8 Therefore He says:
“When He ascended on high,
He led captivity captive,
And gave gifts to men.”
9 (Now this, “He ascended”—what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.) 11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,
Genesis 37:28 NKJV
28 Then Midianite traders passed by; so the brothers pulled Joseph up and lifted him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver. And they took Joseph to Egypt.
Genesis 39:1-5 NKJV
Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. And Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him down there.
2 The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. 3 And his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all he did to prosper in his hand. 4 So Joseph found favor in his sight, and served him. Then he made him overseer of his house, and all that he had he put under his authority. 5 So it was, from the time that he had made him overseer of his house and all that he had, that the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; and the blessing of the Lord was on all that he had in the house and in the field.
Power of association. Potiphar prospered because he was connected to Joseph.
It’s unfortunate, like Joseph, that sometimes your own family can’t see that The Lord is with you and see God’s greatness in you. It always hurts most when the rejection comes from inside our own camp. The wound really goes down deep. We thought that we were on the same team and yet they reject us.
Like Jesus, He came to His own hometown and they did not receive Him. Instead of seeing Him as the Messiah, they saw Him as the carpenter’s son.
David’s father never considered him for the line up to be anointed as king.
But you don’t need to be depressed because people have forsaken you. God loves to take nobodies and turn them into somebodies.
1 Corinthians 1:26-29 TPT
Brothers and sisters, consider who you were when God called you to salvation. Not many of you were wise scholars by human standards, nor were many of you in positions of power. Not many of you were considered the elite when you answered God’s call. 27 But God chose those whom the world considers foolish to shame those who think they are wise, and God chose the puny and powerless to shamethe high and mighty. 28 He chose the lowly, the laughable in the world’s eyes—nobodies—so that he would shame the somebodies. For he chose what is regarded as insignificant in order to supersede what is regarded as prominent, 29 so that there would be no place for prideful boasting in God’s presence.
You might have had issues that have happened in your life, you might feel like a nobody, like an outcast today, society and people don’t accept you. But Jesus has already touched you. You are a child of God.
Psalm 27:10 NKJV
When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take care of me.
Isaiah 62:4 AMPC
You [Judah] shall no more be termed Forsaken, nor shall your land be called Desolate any more. But you shall be called Hephzibah [My delight is in her], and your land be called Beulah [married]; for the Lord delights in you, and your land shall be married [owned and protected by the Lord].
1 Peter 2:9-10 MSG
But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you—from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted.
I know that some of you have really been hurt. You have been wondering where is God in all of this? But God has been there all the time.
God has greatness in your future for you. But just because God has greatness set up for you, doesn’t mean the devil is not going to try and stop it from happening. He will try and abort it but any man or woman who is 100% committed to God will see their dreams come to pass.
Ps. Lester Holland