Joseph was a troubled young man. He was well-loved – by his father, and very hated by his brothers! What a dilemma he found himself in! How can one person be so loved and yet so hated? Well, the problem was really jealousy! Joseph’s brothers were jealous of him and were tired of him telling them about his dreams, dreams which sounded like he wanted to laud it over them!
The brothers dropped him into a pit! A real pit! And it was their intention to leave him there. Something made them get him out of the pit. Praise God! They contemplated what to do with him and then decided they would sell him into slavery and that is just what they did. He was miles from home, his father missed him, his brothers continued to despise him although they were sure he was out of their lives for good!
Well, guess what? Joseph’s life was having a total transformation outside of their presence. In fact, Joseph went from being a slave to being an esteemed man! Joseph had moved from the pit to the palace.
This brings me to us now and our pit to palace experiences. How do we get from the pit to the palace and what do we do once we have arrived? Well, joseph’s experience started out just as a dream, a good dream. You see Joseph had allowed God to guide his life and so when he received dreams, he was assured they were from God. Are your dreams from God? Is God the ‘force’ in your life? Have you entrusted all to him including your dream? Joseph had.
Joseph, in his dream saw himself as leader over his brothers! (cue dramatic music). Joseph had the audacity to tell his brothers about his dream (cue even more dramatic music). To be honest, I’ve often wondered at this. Why did he have to tell the brothers the dream? Well, I’ve concluded that when you are sure your message is from God, you won’t mind sharing it with anyone!
You will remember that Joseph’s brothers had, first of all, dropped him in a pit. They thought it was of themselves that they decided to take him out and sell him into slavery. No! God decided! They just had to follow God’s plan. You see sometimes our enemies seek to do us harm. Sometimes they even juggle their evil plans to see which is the better evil to serve us, but once our lives are in God’s hands, He will seek to work out that which is best for us, that which will get us from the pit to the palace.
Outside of his brothers’ sight, Joseph just flourished! He grew in stature and favour with God and man! Pharaoh put him in charge of his whole kingdom! Whether you are in or out of your enemy’s sight, remain in God’s sight and you will flourish! Do not let their evil plans against you come to pass! Put your trust in God. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path.
In the end, Joseph was able to use his pit to palace experience to help his brothers, to help his whole family. When you have moved from your pit experience to your palace experience, remember the depth from which you have risen and use whatever resources you have to help those who are still going through their pit experience.
Like Joseph, we are loved by our Father and hated by some of our brothers. Let the love shine through. Love can pierce through the darkness presented by hate!
May God bless you and keep you and cause His face to shine on you and grant you peace now and forever.