We love successful people – we love their passion, their stories of how they never gave up and pushed through many obstacles to achieve their success. Typically, when we see successful people it is when they have made it; they are wearing the medal or the crown or the title! We wish that we were as successful as them.
A devotion I did a few years back, has been swirling around in my mind again lately. It is about Joseph, and his dream, his struggle and then his success (his story can be found in Genesis 37 – 44). He spent 13 years from the time he was sold by his brothers until Pharaoh called him to be 2nd in command in Egypt. He had spent years before that with the dream that God gave him – for years and years He was waiting with a unfilled calling (the struggle) .
But here are what keeps running through my head …
- Joseph’s success did not come the day that Pharaoh called Joseph from prison, it came each day as Joseph trusted God to fulfill His purposes, the dreams God had for Joseph when it seemed that those dreams would never happen. Joseph continued to serve with his whole heart wherever God had him.
- Joseph had to forgive and accept his brothers actually saying that God had planned all of this for good – his good, their good and the good of many… “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” Genesis 50:20
- God blessed Joseph in ways that He would have never dreamed of … highest honor in all of Egypt, his own reunited family, savior of his people, and he is now a recognizable Biblical Patriarch.
Joseph’s life took many turns and twists before God fulfilled His purposes for Joseph. Our lives continues to take much different ways than we expected. We are not living the life that we dreamed of or expected. But as we look back and remember, I trust that we can see how God has used all of our past experiences to bring us to the place where we are today. A place where we are bringing God glory because of our trust in Him even in the midst of our struggles.
If you find yourself in a struggle while you read this, I hope that you will catch a small glimpse of how God is glorified through your circumstances even when you can’t make sense of them. Hopefully, someday it will all make sense, but until then may we be like Joseph and serve faithfully where God has us.