“Joseph’s master took him and put him in prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined. But while Joseph was there in the prison, the LORD was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden. So the warden put Joseph in charge of all those held in the prison, and he was made responsible for all that was done there. The warden paid no attention to anything under Joseph’s care, because the LORD was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did.”
Genesis 39:20-23 (NIV)
Do you have dreams? Can you see yourself in the future achieving what you want most? And what are you doing now to prepare yourself for that special time when you arrive in your ‘kingdom of kingdoms’? I guess the real question here is: do you know how to be a reserve?
Let me explain by telling you about Jalon Samuel, an 18 year old race horse jockey who won the prestigious Sandy Lane Gold Cup here in Barbados in 2012. Jalon’s victory was significant because in 2o11 he had won his race, was interviewed via the media and publicly congratulated on being a winner but later disqualified. How traumatic! In 2012 he was a reserve jockey up until the before race day on Saturday when suddenly another jockey withdrew. The timing was finally right and everything lined up perfectly; this was his chance to successfully (and without any doubt or drama) achieve his dream.
Jalon’s story is significant for two reasons. First of all, even though he might have been disappointed and dejected over his disqualification in 2011, he never gave up hope that one day he would indeed win this prestigious race. Secondly, he never gave up preparing for his big day. He just kept on riding and riding and then riding some more so that he would be ready. He didn’t know if he would be a jockey on a champion horse in 2012 or 2013 or 2014 (after all, how could he predict the future without a crystal ball?) but it didn’t matter. Jalon knew without a doubt that preparation while waiting was the key and he mapped out his life accordingly so that when the big day finally came he would be more than ready.
So now I ask: are you waiting for God to fulfill your biggest dreams, to give you that one defining moment in time that you have been waiting on forever? While you wait are you like Joseph, who never stopped praying and believing that God would make a way for him, even when he was in prison and his situation looked so utterly hopeless? Are you diligently doing what needs to be done, how it needs to be done, when it needs to be done? Are you really and truly ready to receive your breakthrough or promotion or financial blessing?
You might be in a prison right now. It could involve finances, health, career, child/relationship or even church prison. Whatever it is you feel as though you are locked behind thick bars of impenetrable steel. But what is more important: your prison or the God sitting right next to you in your prison tightly holding your hand?
Joseph’s life in Egypt was so fraught with never-ending drama that no-one would have blamed him for giving up on God but he didn’t and in the end he was put in charge of the whole land of Egypt. The Lord was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did. He is also with you today, tomorrow and forever. Be ready to go from the pit to the palace … especially if you are still a reserve.
Have a great week!
“So Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I hereby put you in charge of the whole land of Egypt.” Then Pharaoh took his signet ring from his finger and put it on Joseph’s finger. He dressed him in robes of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck. He had him ride in a chariot as his second-in-command, and people shouted before him, “Make way!” Thus he put him in charge of the whole land of Egypt.”
Genesis 41:41-4 (NIV)
“In hard circumstances, we always have a choice. Most of the time it is easy to see what God would want us to choose. Joseph made Godly choices when he decided to be the best slave that he could be and when he didn’t kiss Potiphar’s wife (and the Bible says that she was very beautiful!). We have to remember that God has a plan. Sometimes our life gets a little harder for a while so that God’s plan could work. Hard times make us a better person, and the better person we are, the more God can use us. We should obey God and we have to trust God! Do you think God knows what he is doing? Me too!”
~ Jack Foster @ http://mrbiblehead.blogspot.com/2011/01/joseph-becomes-slave-gn-37-39.html