“Now when they saw him afar off, even before he came near them, they conspired against him to kill him. Then they said to one another, “Look, this dreamer is coming! Come therefore, let us now kill him and cast him into some pit; and we shall say, ‘Some wild beast has devoured him.’ We shall see what will become of his dreams!” (Genesis 37:18-20, NKJV).
The road between your dream and your destiny is paved with challenges, hardships, pitfalls, ledges where you feel as if you are dangling over an endless canyon. Joseph had two dreams. He shared them with his brothers, who didn’t take them too kindly. He probably should have reserved them for his father’s ears only, but we’ve all made mistakes along the way. Oh, but for the grace of God!
Joseph’s brothers grabbed him, tore his coat of many colors off and threw him into a pit. Ultimately, the plan was to kill him. Not all his brothers were keen on that idea. Reuben and Judah were against it but didn’t know what to do. When a caravan of Midianites came along, they saw the opportunity to save the boy, but not to bring him home again. Joseph’s course was set.
When God has a plan for your life, it will be filled with a mixture of His will, the devil’s interference and a lot of our own fears and emotions. After Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan River, the Bible says, “Immediately the Spirit drove Him into the wilderness. And He was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan, and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to Him” (Mark 1:12-13, NKJV).
The Holy Spirit sent Jesus into a wilderness to be tempted, tested and tried. What we see from this is that is how Jesus overcame all of Satan’s attempts to dominate Him. Joseph, being sold into slavery to the Midianites, then to the slave market in Egypt, to Potiphar’s house and finally to prison itself, was the crucible which brought out the gold in him – his full potential – the destiny God had in mind for him.
Some trees, such as the giant sequoias, grow to as much as 300 ft. Some southern pines grow to 250 ft. When planted in a large place, they can grow and stretch out their roots, fully exposed to the elements of heat, strong winds, freezing temperatures, even fire. These elements force them to either intertwine their roots with other trees, or sink them deep into the earth where they cannot be uprooted. Some pine seed actually cannot take root unless they are first burned. These same trees, if only planted in a pot, though designed by the same Creator, will never become what He intended them to be.
The road from dream to destiny; that God-ordained potential placed within each of us, may only be reached if we first keep our focus on Him. “Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2, NIV). As we walk through life, we will make mistakes,
but when we do, we have the Holy Spirit to help us (John 16:13). None of us are perfect, but if we keep our eyes on our perfect God, we will reach our destiny.
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Rob Granger is Senior Pastor of Faith Harbor Church, a non-denominational church that meets at 10 a.m. Sundays in the Escondido Columbus Hall, 515 W. Valley Parkway. His wife, Becky, serves as Co- Pastor. Videos of Pastor Rob’s sermons can be seen on YouTube by typing faith harbor church escondido ca in the YouTube search box. Visit fhcescondido.com for information about Faith Harbor Church.
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