Developing Joseph’s Character

Joseph had two dreams when he was 17 years old. At that age, he did not have the maturity to step into the dreams. It took 23 years of trials that stretched, and trained him for the fulfillment.
 
His brothers sold him as a slave to a band of Midianite traders. They took him to Egypt and sold him to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh and captain of the guard.
 
Genesis 39:2 says, “The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.” Verse 3 says that the Lord made all he did to prosper.
 
Joseph was set up by Potiphar’s wife. He fled the scene, but was thrown into the dungeon because of her false accusations. Joseph excelled in prison. Verse 22 says, “And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners who were in the prison.; whatever they did there, it was his doing.”
 
Two of the king’s servants offended him and he had them thrown into the prison where Joseph was. Note how attentive Joseph was. Even though he was in prison, he took his position seriously.
 
Joseph noticed one morning that the king’s butler and his baker were sad. He asked them why they looked so sad. They both told him their dreams which he interpreted.
 
In Genesis 40:14 he asked them to remember him when they were released. Verse 15 is the first mention of how Joseph felt about his trial. It says, “For indeed I was stolen away from the land of the Hebrews; and also I have done nothing here that they should put me into the dungeon.”
 
Genesis 42:21 in another glimpse of his trail. His brothers were speaking. It says, “…for we saw the anguish of his soul when he pleaded with us, and we would not hear…”
 
There is a great narrative in Psalm 105:16-20. It reveals for us God’s purpose, His tools, and the fulfillment. First He sent the famine. Verse 17-18 says, “He sent a man before them–Joseph–who was sold as a slave. They hurt his feet with fetters, he was laid in irons.”
 
Verse 19 is the purpose which is applicable for us as well. It says, “Until the time that his word came to pass, the word of the Lord tested him.” The Lord always tests the word He plants in our heart. It is His pattern for developing the character needed to fulfill His purpose. Ephesians 1:11 says that He works all things according to the counsel of His will.

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