Today’s reading: Genesis 42:1-11
When Joseph was a teenager, he had two dreams which seemed to indicate that he would rise above and rule over his brothers and family (see Genesis 37). He didn’t understand the dreams at the time, but fifteen or so years later, when Joseph is governor of Egypt and his brothers are bowing before him seeking to purchase grain for their family, the lightbulb goes on for Joseph. Those strange dreams in which his brothers were bowing to him now make perfect sense.
We’ve all heard the phrase, “Hindsight is 20/20.” From Joseph’s story and my own experiences, that statement has proved true time and again. So often God communicates something to us or places us in a situation that we don’t understand. In the moment, we question it, do a little soul searching, seek counsel, or pray. In our linear, human thinking, it doesn’t make sense to us. But then as we continue to move forward (days, weeks, sometimes even years later), something happens, and at that point, the earlier things we’ve gone through and experienced now make sense. We’re now able, with a different perspective, to understand how God was moving and using that prior situation to prepare us for something more in our future.
Take some time today to recall some past difficult circumstances. What’s one example of how God used a particular experience, event, or circumstance to grow you spiritually and prepare you for something that happened later? What does this account show us about God being faithful and trustworthy? Tami
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