The story of Joseph (you know, the guy with the coat) is a classic. But what makes the story worthy of being made into a musical production that played on New York's Broadway and London's West End theatres? Maybe it's because the hero doesn't sail into his destiny without a bumpy ride along the way. Kidnapping, enforced slavery, false accusations and prison all spring up as road-blocks in the life of the man who had been promised greatness. Circumstances went from bad to worse, then to worse still. But there was one key recurring truth: 'The Lord was with Joseph' (Genesis 39:2 NIV).
Joseph might have wanted things simple and easy, but God had a bigger plan for Joseph, one that focused on Joseph becoming the man that God wanted him to be: Someone capable of leading a nation. That meant challenges were on the cards. It also means the opportunity to experience God's presence in a way he wouldn't have if he just won Middle East X-Factor. Over the thirteen years of suffering, God was growing Joseph. He was teaching Him a spiritual paradox that says it's when you're weak that you can fully allow God to be God. As God said to Paul, 'My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness' (2 Corinthians 12:9 NLT).
So what now? Prayer time. Don't pray for tasks that match your gifting, but for gifting that match your tasks.
SoulFood: Jer 41-44, Matt 26:26-46, Ps 25:8-15, Pro 10:1-3
The Word For You Today (an adaptation of The Word for Today authored by Bob & Debby Gass) is published under licence by Rhema Media. 2011 UCB International Ltd