“But why did you need to search?” he asked. “Didn’t you know that I must be in my Father’s house?” (Luke 2:49 NLT)
Jesus didn’t asked these as a pricking questions to Joseph & Mary, but asked as innocent as dove!
So, Joseph & Mary couldn’t argue and a paradigm shift happened from that moment on. They knew soon He would move into the very purpose He came for and they wouldn’t have any say about it. Since then, they had to learn to play the role of His parents fearing God, and be careful not to hinder His cause.
For Jesus, growing up was exciting; the more He grew, the more He was closer to His Father.
Shouldn’t be the same rule for us today! The more we grow, the more closer to the Father!
The one thing I ask of the Lord—the thing I seek most—is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord’s perfections and meditating in his Temple. Psalm 27:4
Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. James 4:8
But if the cloud did not rise, they remained where they were until it lifted. (Exodus 40:37 NLT)
One important thing as a child of God we need to understand that we never become stronger to live without God’s guidance.
Every time we do things of our own ignoring God’s will we become vulnerable – yet, thanks to His mercy that come and find us!
Nevertheless, when we are in wilderness it is our responsibility to wait on God to tell if we make a move or not irrespective of comforts or discomforts we have in that place.
The wilderness seasons are not an exception that we can’t do what we want to do, but it’s a training ground to perfect and practice the fear of the Lord – only to keep it for the rest of our life!
Joseph and Daniel were brought into a foreign land each in their time as mere slaves when they were young and able – but both chose not to rebel in their wilderness season and waited upon God.
God, Who knew how and when to make the right move – one day, made them to become second-in-command in that foreign nations because they learnt to fear God and resolved in their hearts never to leave Him!
This is God’s plan for everyone who dare to persevere to do His will in their toughest time.
So, if the cloud doesn’t move you don’t move; when it moves you move. It’s that simple!
I am only a foreigner in the land. Don’t hide your commands from me! I weep with sorrow; encourage me by your word. I have chosen to be faithful; I have determined to live by your regulations. Teach me your decrees, O Lord; I will keep them to the end. Psalm 119:19, 28, 30, 33
“Soon I will die,” Joseph told his brothers, “but God will surely come to help you and lead you out of this land of Egypt. He will bring you back to the land he solemnly promised to give to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.” (Genesis 50:24 NLT)
Joseph was a miraculous favor in the eyes of Egypt because of God’s hand and plan for Israelites. From Pharaoh to the civil Egyptians, all viewed Israelites thru’ Joseph – so there was a value, dignity and respect for the Israelites.
Joseph and his people knew this well and it was a ticking time bomb – they would have no way out after Joseph dies. They had to believe in the vision from God to Abraham – that God will lead them out into their promised land when the day comes!
Until the great exodus, Israelites didn’t realized that it was the vision that had kept them alive not Joseph!
God will use Josephs to preserve and strengthen us, but His vision has to be believed to wait and get into the Promise Land.
This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed. Habakkuk 2:3
The Lord was with him and caused everything he did to succeed. (Genesis 39:23 NLT)
Success is being where God wants us to be! This may be in lowly servant hood or in a great position.
Joseph accepted God’s choice of where he had to be. This includes being thrown into a pit, sold into slavery, beaten and jailed after false accusations, and waiting for years in dark dungeons.
No matter where Joseph was, he saw the opportunity to demonstrate the goodness of His God to the people in need. It is astounding to notice that nothing could stop Joseph being a blessing!
Secret was, Joseph had resolved in his mind that he will be a blessing to his authorities and help them with God’s help.
He was a blessing to his father Jacob. He was a blessing to Potiphar. He was a blessing to the jailor. He was a blessing to Pharaoh. Finally he was a blessing to the whole world!
This is the way of being a blessing!
Soon after Rachel had given birth to Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, “Please release me so I can go home to my own country. (Genesis 30:25 NLT)
God has a perfect timing in all that had to be done in our lives as per His will.
When His time comes, we will start seeing things which we couldn’t see earlier and we will become capable of doing tasks which we can’t even imagine before!
Jacob knew he have to get out of slavery and move on with God’s purpose for his life, but didn’t had the heart or the purpose to leave.
But as soon as Joseph was born, Jacob knew he and his family must get out and can’t delay anymore!
This is what vision does. If you’re convinced of your calling and learn to wait for it, it will wake you up one fine day and make you move from any lowly place to the place of higher calling and greater purpose!
Wait for it.
This vision is for a future time.It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled.If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently,for it will surely take place.It will not be delayed. Habakkuk 2:3
It was by faith that Joseph, when he was about to die, said confidently that the people of Israel would leave Egypt. He even commanded them to take his bones with them when they left. Hebrew 11:22
God given success in the world doesn’t mean we belong to the world, but to influence the world to the eternal Kingdom of God. Such success was the life of Joseph!
Joseph knew he wasn’t raised by God in power to make Israelites a permanent residents with equal rights in Egypt but to urge them to leave to the promise land when God’s time comes and never settle for less (Egypt).
Your success is in looking forward, never settle down – move on.