Deeper Day 124: Joseph

Lately, I’ve been reflecting on the story of Joseph a lot. The Joseph who was sold into slavery by his brothers and was falsely accused and imprisoned, etc. but came out of all of that to be the second most powerful person around. It’s quite a story, and I’ve read it many times, but the reason I’ve thought about it so much lately is this, my husband has taken a job that we have no intention of making a career out of, but our family needs money to survive, and we are certain God provided this stream of income. Not only is this job not a “dream job”, but it’s requiring him to live eight hours away from us.

One day while we were talking on facetime, I was listening to him talk about all he’s doing there and after a week or two they put him in charge of ten guys, and I heard God say, “He’s like Joseph.”

It is true, he is. He came from less than desirable circumstances, but one consistent thing in his life has been that he walks as a man of honor, especially in his work, and he is always placed in a position of influence in his jobs. My son, Micah, put it this way, “Of course he’s in charge of some guys already, he’s a born leader mom.”

God has placed something inside of Chris that cannot be denied, even in the worst of situations.

I admit that he’s suffered from some of the negatives like Joseph did, with people on more than one occasion seeming hell bent on sabotaging him and he’s been taken advantage of more times than I can count, but he always comes out ahead. I count on that. He walks in a humility that I haven’t seen in any other person I’ve ever known. I’ve learned a lot from him over the years.

Why am I telling you all of this? Well, the thing I want to highlight is that no matter where you are or what you are doing, your calling and who God created you to be cannot be denied. God will make a way. If you’re to be a leader, then God will make that happen for you. If you’re supposed to influence, then He will give that influence.

Two takeaways from this, we don’t have to make our own way, we only have to follow Him, and no matter where we find ourselves, God can use it to bring us one step closer to our destiny. Remember, God gave Joseph dreams. Joseph knew early on that he would be a powerful person and his family would bow to him. But look at the curvy path he took to get there. One thing I notice is this, he never tried to take matters into his own hands, he trusted God. Also, he simply continued to live with excellence no matter where he found himself, and as he lived as his authentic self, God made a way.

Prayer Moment: We can either let our circumstances define us or we can live as our authentic selves and allow God to make our way. Today, I challenge you to press into that thought. Who are you created to be? Once you know that, don’t push your way into it, simply agree with God, tell Him you are willing, and ask Him to make a way. There are so many things that God has said I am to do in my life, so many visions I’ve had of my future. But I know I will only be at rest and find success if I let Him make the way. I also know the only way to stay in the places He has promised me, is to let Him place me there. Will you trust Him with your future too?

And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will not be plowing or reaping. But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance. So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. Genesis 45:5-8a