Provision & Planning 3

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Joseph (son of Jacob, grandson of Isaac, great grandson of Abraham) was sold into slavery after sharing a vision from God to his brothers. When Joseph was 17 he dreamed that his brothers would all someday bow down to him. His brothers didn’t like this very much and consumed with jealousy and anger they beat him and sold him into slavery. After 13 years of slavery, jail time, being wrongly accused, and forgotten by others, Joseph finally finds himself in a position of authority and prosperity. He ends up reunited with his brothers and witnesses them bowing down to him and in need of his help. (Genesis 37-45)

What I’ve neglected to write about is the 13 year period between God calling Joseph and God following through with that calling. During those years, Joseph was a reputable man who was known for his faith in God, integrity, and hard work. Remember, he was also living as a slave and in prison (both of which he was not deserving of).

Right now, we are in a season of ‘not knowing’. Can you relate? It can be an exciting time when you realize all the possible opportunities you can pursue and at the same time an overwhelming time when you realize all the possible opportunities you can pursue.

It can be easy to get caught up or bogged down with the worries of each day.
It can be easy to lose focus when we feel imprisoned in the current season of our life.
It can be easy to not do what is right when someone else wrongs us.
It can be easy to compromise faith or integrity in times of lost sleep, lost plans, and/or lost hope.

But one great thing we can learn from Joseph….

Be who God has called you to be today because you never know what He has prepared for you tomorrow. 

Live a life of faith, integrity, and hard work no matter where your feet land today. Thank God for His provision today and don’t lose hope in tomorrowBe who God has called you to be today because you never know what He has prepared for you tomorrow. 

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