Gen.39:2 (KJV) And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man
Welcome to #DreamSeries! Related to this post is Day 47: How Resilient Are You?
If there is one striking lesson we can learn from the life of the man Joseph and his sojourn, it is this: Shattered dreams don’t have to shatter our lives- God is able to preserve our future and to keep our destiny intact through it all.
Shattered dreams don’t have to shatter our lives- God is able to preserve our future and to keep our destiny intact through it all.
Apart from Resilience i.e. the ability to keep dreaming at the face of cruel realities (as mentioned in our last post on this subject), the second key quality which helped Joseph to so cooperate with God that he had his destiny preserved despite his shattered dreams was his ability to accept ‘what is’; in other words, his ability to face unpleasant realities, adapt quickly to every change and not live in denial
This stemmed from his full consciousness of God’s presence in every ugly circumstance.
This attribute enabled Joseph to face life headlong in every one of his life’s battles. This attribute also helped him to launch out with total abandon wherever every situation led him. He literally released himself into God’s hands.
For how long will you bewail your shattered dreams? For a lifetime? Shouldn’t be!’It’s time to accept ‘what is’, face life with fresh vigour, and move on …
Let’s face it, to be attacked, ripped of one’s coat of many colours (ones sense of significance), thrown into the pit and later sold into slavery by ones own blood brothers in one single day is indeed too much for any over indulged, over pampered child who had known only comfort all his life!
The drastic change in status is enough to paralyze any child for life- but NOT Joseph!
Joseph accepted ‘what is’ in every battle, rose up to the challenge quickly at every point, and threw himself with abandon into his new life with full confidence in God.
This enabled him to so maximize his life that he came out prosperous at every stage of his battles- even when his situation worsened and he suddenly became a prisoner!
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me Ps.23:4 (KJV) …
Joseph never sat in his valley. He just kept walking no matter how dark it grew. He must have been fully conscious that God was with him and that he was just passing by! No wonder he eventually walked out victorious with his destiny delivered to him intact – just as he had dreamed!
For how long will you bewail your shattered dreams? For a lifetime? Shouldn’t be!
It’s time to accept ‘what is’, face life with fresh vigour and move on armed with the assurance that no matter what has happened and what you’ve had to go through, God is with you and will walk you through this dark tunnel into your glorious destiny… however He does it!
How You have challenged me to dream again, walk tall again, and dare to live again despite the harsh reality of all I’ve been through and might still be going through…
Please lift me up Lord and make me so conscious of Your presence that just like Joseph, I too might rise through it all from victory unto victory till I supernaturally attain my glorious destiny. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Funmi Adebayo © 2015