“…Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell me your dreams.”
– Genesis 40:8b
Joseph knew the living God, and that explains why he was confident he could be given the interpretation of Pharaoh’s dreams. The challenge facing him was translating his personal faith into the realm of his everyday circumstances. That’s where we all live.
When God leads you to engage in making any kind of spiritual stand – the outcome of His leading will never depend on your circumstances. The result will solely depend upon your willingness to operate in obedience to His will. His plans and commands are designed to function in perfect harmony. Our part of obedience is simply learning to trust. Walking by faith means going where He leads while watching Him do the work!
The angels declared, “For nothing is impossible with God” (Luke 1:37)
It was not the fact that young Joseph had vivid dreams that actually mattered (see Genesis 34:1-11) – it was the reality that God had an amazing and sovereign plan for his life. This again is where we live. Dreams were simply Jehovah’s means of leading him to his unexpected place of service. Little did he ever imagine that God would purposefully shape his destiny to bless his family and the entire nation of Egypt. Think quietly on His promise –
“…I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.” (Psalm 32:8)
The Lord’s leadership is typically experienced in the crucible of learning to live by faith. This process produces maturing confidence and continues over a lifetime. Our personal human limitations are fully known to our Creator. Yet to our surprise, in ways we do not expect, He uses our most difficult ordeals to fulfill His sovereignty. Neither being tempted by Potiphar’s wife, sold into slavery, or being thrown into prison kept Joseph from becoming the second most influential man in the world during his life-time. It was his hardships that defined and prepared him to take his place in history.
One of the most important parts of your daily witness will depend upon discerning the difference between a heavenly “vision,” and a normal human desire. Joseph was not relying on his own selfish desires or man-made ambitions. That made it all possible. The same Holy Spirit who taught him will also teach us this difference. The key is to spend quality time studying your Bible, praying each day and sincerely seeking to do our Father’s will. In a word, our destiny is to become His empowered witnesses!