The Process - Prison to the Palace
We have discussed the state of having dreams somehow left behind in the past, buried under the weight of rejection and hopelessness. Most of us can relate to being hurt by those closest to us, and then hurt by those we have helped. What if we dared to look at all of the mess that we would erase out of the chapters of our story as necessary pieces of the process?
Getting back to Joseph's story, he has now served in prison for two more years after interpreting the dreams of the chief butler and chief baker. At this point, the Lord gives Pharaoh a couple of dreams, as well. Skinny and gaunt cows devour fat ones, and blighted grain devours good grain. Strange dreams, right? It is a somewhat familiar story how God gave Joseph the interpretation of the dreams: there would be seven years of plenty immediately followed by seven years of famine.
I love how the Lord set this up for Joseph! You would think that the Lord would give the dream to him, or at least to someone who believed in Him. No. He gives two separate, powerful dreams telling of what was about to happen in the world to Pharaoh, a leader who worshipped multiple gods...of whom the Lord was not one of them.
Hindsight is truly 20/20. Joseph had endured pain and betrayal over and over again over a period of thirteen years. Yet in each situation that presented itself, the Lord's favor placed him in positions of authority. He had become the overseer of Potiphar's house, then overseer of the prison. The Lord was building him up to be overseer of a nation!
Often we discount the process, forgetting what Jesus Himself said: "You have been faithful over a few things, I will set you over many things." I think sometimes we want to fast forward to the end result, without realizing how much God is able to use the "mess" along the way. He doesn't want us to fail, so He conditions us. It is not our responsibility to get out of the trials as quickly as possible, but to remain faithful until the Word of the Lord proves true in our lives.
Process is necessary for promotion...don't discredit the "few things" in your story.
(Side note - I love how the dreams of Pharaoh were somewhat an antonym of Joseph's story: years of famine and despair for him would be devoured by years of blessing.)
Father, I want to be as faithful throughout the process as You are. Help me to fix my eyes on Jesus, knowing that the Author and Finisher of my faith endured what He endured for the joy set before Him. There is so much joy set before me, so I choose to endure faithfully. In Jesus' Name. Amen.