“… But I’m not the only one.”
The world needs a pool of dreamers. Dreamers who see something and act accordingly to achieve those visions. Dreamers who do not only dream for themselves but dream for something greater. How we all wish Imagine‘s lyrics hold true.
I know I’ve previously mentioned that Joseph is one of, if not, my favourite Bible character. There are a lot of reasons but let me tell you about what he is most known for – being the dreamer.
My current devotion is along the last chapters of Genesis. Today focuses on the life of Joseph when he is already prime minister in Egypt. Genesis 45:7 says,
“But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.”
Joseph did not say that to brag to his brothers who did not believe him when he said they’d soon bow down to him, a dream given to him by the Lord (see Genesis 37:7 and 9). He said that because he knows his purpose – a purpose given to him by the Lord.
Despite everything he had to go through, especially in the hands of his own siblings, he knew full well that it is part of a much bigger picture – preserving Israel’s generation and the fulfilment of God’s promise to Abraham – that his descendants will be as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore (see Genesis 15:5; 22:17). Joseph knew his purpose. God gave it to him through his intimacy with the Lord and his dreams.
What is your purpose? Do we value foresight? Do we see ourselves as a part of the bigger picture? Or are we confined to just us; our own and our own immediate crowd?
God’s promise in Romans 8:28 says,
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
It will not work without our love for God (which is a result of His love for us) and knowing our purpose in Him. Joseph’s life is a living proof of such even if he lived generations before Paul wrote that epistle to the Romans. You can also be that living proof even if you have lived generations past that passage.
We are called towards a purpose. Seek God and believe (and live according to) what He has called you for.