Scripture: Genesis 37:
5 Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more. 6 He said to them, "Listen to this dream I had: 7 We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it."
8 His brothers said to him, "Do you intend to reign over us? Will you actually rule us?" And they hated him all the more because of his dream and what he had said.
Observation: You can’t always expect what God has revealed to you to be accepted by others.
Application: Joseph had been given a true revelation from God in the form of a dream which prophesied that he would one day rule over his brothers. This was meant to be a comforting promise for Joseph, but the question that I can’t keep from wondering about is whether Joseph shouldn’t have just kept his dream to himself. All it did was cause strife between his brothers and himself. It landed him in a pit, and into slavery and caused a lot of hurt feelings and bad relationships with his siblings.
Yes God used those things to accomplish His will with Joseph, the situations that unfolded were the very things that caused Joseph to ultimately be in a position of power over his brothers, but couldn’t God have worked it out in a less confrontational way if Joseph had never told them about the dream?
Is it necessary for the true word of God to offend some people and cause turmoil and strife among us before we can experience the truth of it? I’ve talked before about the butterfly in the cocoon and how it must struggle to get free of its bonds because if it doesn’t it won’t be able to fly. Is that how things must be with us and the word of God? Do we really need to have hardships and struggles and do we need to do as Joseph’s father had done at the brook when he wrestled with God? Are we so hard headed that we can’t be told of God’s
Sadly – I would have to say yes, I think we often are so hard headed that we have to be shaken, pressed down, and go through some real stuff before we reluctantly accept what God is trying to tell us. Especially when it doesn’t go along with how we want things to be, or how we had thought things were. It’s not the best testimony to our open hearts, open minds, and open doors slogan but it’s a reality that I think we all deal with. Those open hearts, minds and doors have not always been open, and they are not always left open. Sometimes we close them to true revelation, wisdom and knowledge, but the nature of God gets the job done one way or another.
I hope I don’t have to get thrown into a pit and sold into slavery to hear Him speaking to me today.
Prayer: God who speaks,
Help me to hear your voice in my heart and be open enough to accept it and learn from you. Let me not struggle within myself when I am exposed to a true teaching but keep my heart and mind open to your wisdom.