Isa.55:10-11 show us that God’s Word goes through a cyclical process. That prophetic dream Joseph had did not scoop him up and simply whisk him away to Pharaoh’s palace and favor — it was all done through a process. There were pits, prisons, rejection and false accusation to go through before he would reach that place of favor and honor. All of that stuff was processing stuff in Joseph. Joseph managed to stay in the process and God did not let any of that shaping stuff go to waste in his life. Needless to say, Joseph was quite a different person when he got to Pharaoh’s palace than the fancy-dressed boy we first encounter in the story. All of that process squeezed Joseph through a mold which eventually squeezed him out in the form of a father to Pharaoh.
May the Lord bring to their remembrance the good promises others have made to us, no matter how long ago. May they consider the commitments they made and set about honoring those promises. May they not try to follow through with only a “reasonable facsimile thereof” but provide the full measure of the original intention and may God bless it and multiply it beyond initial expectations. Gen. 41:9–”Then the chief butler spoke to Pharaoh, saying: “I remember. . .” v.12–”Now there was a young Hebrew man with us there. . .” v.14–”Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph. . .”
I hold no sentiment whatsoever that Christians shouldn’t be involved in politics; in fact, I believe just the opposite. We know, and have ministered to, awesome men and women of God who are impacting politicians and legislation for the righteous purposes of God in this nation. Christians should be in leadership positions in every arena that molds the minds of society. We are presently living in the mire of the opposite view that has reigned in religious circles and is directly accountable for the fact that so few of the coming generation are supported (with encouragement, mentoring and finances) to take those fields of endeavor–while other religions and philosophies started preparing and strategically placing their coming generations 100 years ago. BUT the tide is turning. Joseph, Daniel, Esther arise, your forebears repent and synergistically run with you!
Mary and Joseph never would have guessed their common, mundane lives were moving toward such eternal impact. In fact, they probably never fully grasped the magnitude of their purpose while they lived on earth. The issues and responsibilities of everyday life had to overshadow their thinking and senses at times. Seven-year-old Jesus most likely took his father’s hammer and left it by the creek to rust, after he’d nailed a boat together using his mom’s best serving bowl. At supper that night, I’m sure neither Joseph nor Mary sensed divine purpose at work in their lives or his! The majority of the time they were simply rearing a son. And they probably wondered if they were doing well. After all, everyone remembered the time they had accidentally left him behind while traveling. And you know they had typical friends and family watching their non-typical teenager with an opinionated glare. (Eighth excerpt from Kathy’s article “Positioned for Purpose”.)
Do you think Mary was PREPARED for a conversation with an angel to end with her being pregnant with the Messiah? Her girlish daydreams of romance and home and family had never played out like this, neither could these circumstances fit in any of her spiritual aspirations! Nothing could have prepared her to feel so disqualified in her society yet be so divinely POSITIONED in the plans of God . . . in destiny . . . in purpose . . . in history! (Fifth excerpt from Kathy’s article “Positioned for Purpose”.)
Do you think Joseph was PREPARED to find his fiancé pregnant with the Messiah? The turn of events very likely made Joseph feel betrayed and a victim of injustice. He could easily imagine his name being whispered in snide comments among his peers. His boyish dreams of heroism and purpose never looked like this, yet he was POSITIONED . . . in destiny . . . in purpose . . . in history . . . to be a hero of the faith. (Fourth excerpt from Kathy’s article “Positioned for Purpose”.)