Earlier in Genesis 37, Joseph had dreams concerning his future and that of his brothers. “Behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and behold, my sheaf arose and stood upright. And behold, your sheaves gathered around it and bowed down to my sheaf” (Genesis 37:7). Joseph’s brothers were angry with him and hated him even more when he told them about the dream. His brothers already hated him because his father loved him more than them.
His brothers hatred resulted in a plot to kill him. Reuben convinced them not to kill Joseph so they threw him in a pit and later sold him to caravan of Ishmealites travelling to Egypt. Fast forward a couple of years later and there was a worldwide famine. Joseph was made Overseer in Egypt because of his wisdom and ability to interpret Pharaoh’s dreams. Joseph’s brothers were sent to Egypt to buy grain and they had to report to Joseph who was in charge of the supplies. As was customary in Egypt, anyone approaching Joseph had to bow before him.
Joseph’s dream had become a reality. “And Joseph remembered the dreams that he had dreamed of them” Genesis 42:9). Fortunately for Joseph’s brothers, he had already forgiven their sins against him. Joseph knew that God had used his brother’s hatred of him to send him ahead to Egypt to prepare for the famine. It must have taken great restraint, for Joseph to be in a position where he had the power to exact revenge but didn’t.
Joseph’s journey included hatred, betrayal, threats or murder, slavery and imprisonment. How did Joseph remain faithful to God and maintain a heart of forgiveness? Joseph saw that his trust and confidence in God meant that nothing could stop the plan of God. God will at times use unconventional means of bringing a dream to pass.
Like Joseph, the dreams that you have will come to pass. It does not matter what you have been through or what you are going through. If God has shown you a dream and vision for your life, remain faithful and it will come to pass.
“For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry”(Habakkuk 2:3).