How terrible if you get stuck in the wilderness and do not enter the
Promised Land. Maybe you want Christ, but under your own conditions. Some come to Christ
but they want to make the conditions. But Gods thoughts are far above your thoughts.
He wants to mould you into something useful, into His image.
Watch lest you become a Cain, sent away from Gods presence,
because you refuse Gods warnings.
Gods punishments is meant to correct us and restore our
fellowship with Him. When you are corrected, dont resent it but renew your
fellowship with God; when you accept Gods corrections and allow God to teach you,
then when youre 50 or 60 you will start to understand Gods purpose with your
life. God had a plan and purpose for Joseph, and he understood it when he looked back on
Dont you want to live in the land of promise, being at
Gods disposal to do His will and be used by Him? David was just a shepherd boy, but
he was faithful there and God raised him up.
Are your brothers and parents happy with your life? Maybe
youre the youngest but the one that give the most problems? It was not so with
When you are corrected and you gladly accept the correction your
Father will love you. Dont be influenced by those who say you have a hard Father.
Build your life on the truth of Gods Word. Theres only one hope for us to run
to the Cross and turn to Christ who can transform our lives. Then even a spoilt life will
Jacob made Joseph a multi-coloured robe. It was different to what
the other brothers had. Joseph was clothed in royalty. Jesus wants to clothe you in
royalty. Do you accept it? Others will notice how youre chosen by God. Jesus wants
to use your life to reach the outermost parts of the world.
Josephs brothers were jealous. Why must we be jealous when
our brother is blessed? We should rejoice at the blessings of others. Thank God for those
that are blessed and are teaching you the right way to go. Dont be an instrument in
satans hand and a hindrance in Gods work. If you bless those whom God blesses
you will also become an instrument of blessing.
Those who take part in the Olympics train hard, getting rid of
everything and anything that would hinder them to win the race.
Maybe you dont receive any blessing from God because of your
jealousy. He wont bless you until you turn to Him again and restore your fellowship
with Him. Seek Him first and He will direct your paths.
But Josephs brothers simply designed plans to get rid of
Joseph because of their jealousy.
Joseph dreamed, and he told his dream to his brothers, that their
sheaves bow to his sheave. They interpreted his dream that he wanted to rule over them.
You cannot push Gods truth from your life. You will only hurt yourself. Joseph also
brought the bad report of his brothers to their father. It was because they did evil that
they resented the report.
When a report is brought about your life, what report will it be?
One day there will also be a report on your life from heaven. What will it be? That report
can only be altered and erased when you come to the Cross.
Can you keep a spiritual secret? When Joseph dreamed his second
dream that the sun, moon and 11 stars bowed before him, his father rebuked him, but he
kept it in his heart. And he remembered it again when he and his whole family were
nourished by Joseph as the ruler of Egypt and provided for them!
When your heart is still tender at a young age, turn to Christ.
Dont wait until your heart is hardened. Then you will learn the secret of giving
instead of wanting to receive, of serving instead of being served etc. Seek to please
Christ from a young age, love to live in His presence, love to wait on His promises. Then
you will find true life!
God wants you to fill the gap which are left by others, to help
and to serve. Broaden your vision to hear what He wants from you. You are here on Sundays
to meet with Jesus, that He fills your life, and that you can be a blessing throughout the
week that follows. But then you must be in the land of the Lord Jesus. Dont be
stranger, living far from the presence of God. That great God who was with Joseph wants to
be with you too.
(Dietmar Joosten added: Who was their mother? Rachel couldnt
have children and was despised. But her great difficulties refined her and brought forth
great blessings. Dont run away from difficulties but let God refine you. Be like
Joseph to stand. Dont be influenced but serve the Lord with all your heart. In this
land God has given us, this Gospel, it wont always be easy, but theres great
blessings. Joseph must have had a blessed mother who could teach her children in such a
way. And if you havent been a Joseph, God specializes to transform that which is
despised and rejected into something special and useful. May this life be seen in us.)