So he said to them, “Please hear this dream which I have dreamed: 7 There we were, binding sheaves in the field… Genesis 37:6-7
In his dream God was preparing Joseph for something that was to come. When he didn’t understand he naturally asked those closest to him. But rather than being helped by his brothers to understand, he was despised because they never believed that God had sent the dream.
If you face similar pressures and misunderstanding in your own life then let’s draw a second lesson from Joseph in facing the dream challengers. Last time we looked at the challenge of betrayal but our next challenge is even a more difficult. Today we face the challenger named temptation.
And it came to pass after these things that his master’s wife cast longing eyes on Joseph, and she said, “Lie with me.” 8 But he refused… Genesis 39:7-8
After being sold as a slave into Egypt, Joseph discovered that God was still with him. He had not been abandoned. He found that everything he did as a slave of a wealthy Egyptian named Potipher was blessed. We aren’t told exactly how long this period of Joseph’s life was but during that season as he ascends to prominence he also catches the eye of his master’s wife. No one would have needed to know if Joseph yielded at the crucial moment of temptation. But Joseph chose to guard himself. Joseph remembered His relationship with God.
As a result of Joseph’s choice he spent the next chapter of his life behind bars for a crime which he had not committed. But because of Joseph’s faithfulness, God continued to bless him even in his prison cell. Many years passed and Joseph began to forget the dream while he was busy interpreting the dreams of others. There were many amazing highs and a few incredible lows but Joseph remained faithful to God. What matters more than holding on to your dream is in holding on to the dream giver. When we guard as most precious, that which is most precious to Christ, He himself will one fulfill the dream He has given to us. It will be no less miraculous for us on that day than the day Joseph was released from jail to become the governor! It did’t matter how much time had passed or that no one understood what he was going through. God always remembered the dream – even after Joseph forgot! Be assured, the same God who reminded Joseph will remind you as well. He is not only in charge of giving dreams. He is also in charge of bringing them to pass!
Genesis 42:8-9 So Joseph recognized his brothers, but they did not recognize him. Then Joseph remembered the dreams which he had dreamed about them …