Tuesday, January 24, 2012
I ran across this on Facebook and Shared it on my page. As I looked over the list of those above, I thought of one who felt he was qualified.
Usually, the Bible tells us of people who state their lack of qualifications, but one comes to mind who thought God had make a good choice, and he was ready to step right in.
And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more. And he said unto them, Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed: For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf. (Genesis 37:5-7 KJV)
Not only the son of the favorite of four wives, Joseph was also the favorite of twelve sons. Not even young Benjamin was held as close to Jacob’s heart was this first of Rachel’s son. Now, he dreams of his brothers bowing down to him.
This is not designed to win friends nor influence people, but Joseph may have thought they’d jump right in and support these dreams. Instead, he is destined for a pit in Dothan. If it were not for Reuben’s words, Joseph could have been buried there.
As a slave in Egypt, he quickly showed his qualifications to Potiphar, only to be struck back again by a false accusation. Prison doesn’t seem to be the best qualifier for the next step in Joseph’s story, but for him it worked out to be the leap into second place over Egypt.
Now, finally, he was qualified to save his family, all of his father’s descendants. One man to save a nation. One man to provide for many – among them, the line to the Messiah.
At times we may feel fully qualified to accomplish what we believe God has in store for us. God may see that we need to hone our qualifications before we can be of His best service. It’s not for us to decide, but to listen to His will, His plan and allow Him to place us where we need to be – whether it is a pit in Dothan, a prison or a throne in Egypt.
Remember, it could be any one of those.