A PERFECT PLACE AND TIME. I love the story recorded of Joseph. God had given him a dream that all the stars would bow down to him, but at the time of his dream he was only a teen. He had a long and hard path to follow that would lead him to fulfill that dream. “He sent a man before them— Joseph— who was sold as a slave. They hurt his feet with fetters, He was laid in irons. Until the time that his word came to pass, The word of the LORD tested him.” Psalms 105:17-19
This teaches us a few things. First, Before Joseph could be made a leader over Egypt, he must first be tested. God had a perfect plan, a plan that would use Joseph to save many people; but God had some work to do in Joseph. God tests us. He tries us and often through hardship and affliction. This is the refining process. God is looking for a people He can mold and shape for His purposes. People whose heart is soft to His hand and willing to humble themselves.
Second, God has a perfect place. Joseph life seemed so crazy, but God was moving him closer and closer to Egypt. Egypt was the place where God needed him. It would be where God fulfilled the dream. Third, God has perfect timing. It was almost 15 years from the time of Joseph’s dream to its fulfillment. That’s a long time to be afflicted, in and out of prison. God knows what He’s doing.
He has a plan. Even when it’s hard and your path is afflicted, when you cannot see how it will turn out and it “feels” like forever; trust Jesus to see you through. Stay on that afflicted path. God is leading you to His perfect place. #runyourrace
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