Sustained Perspective

So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt. Gen 45:8

Fast forward our story to when God is talking to Joseph’s descendents a few generations later. Here’s what God says to them in Deut 6:10-12: “10 When the Lord your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you – a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build, 11 houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant – then when you eat and are satisfied, 12 be careful that you do not forget the Lord, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.”

Aha! Basically put, when the dream is finally fulfilled, don’t forget who gave it to you and made it come to pass. You see, when we need God to pull through for us, we pray like mad. When he pulls through, we don’t need him anymore. Correct? No, wrong, but it’s our actions that suggest that.

Once the dream has come through, Joseph serves faithfully as he always has. He remains humble and honours Pharaoh, his boss. He does not seek revenge on his brothers whose treatment of him was atrocious and inexcusable; he has not held a grudge all these years. Most importantly, he never forgets who brought him to this place and placed him in this position of authority. He knows that everything he has gone through and the position of influence God has put him in was for the ultimate purpose of service to others for God’s glory and not for his own glory.

You and I need that same perspective and also to remain humble and faithful when things are going well for us and when we would otherwise (wrongly) find reason to stop pressing into God. Let us keep the right perspective. The Lord would say to us what he said to the Israelites, “Do not forget the Lord”.



The Man from the Station

<blockquote><sup>41</sup> So Pharaoh said to Joseph, ‘I hereby put you in charge of the whole land of Egypt.’<sup>42</sup> Then Pharaoh took his s

The Moment

<blockquote>So Pharaoh sent for Joseph, and he was quickly brought from the dungeon. When he had shaved and changed his clothes, he came before Pharao

The Rekindling

<blockquote><sup>6</sup> When Joseph came to them the next morning, he saw that they were dejected. <sup>7</sup> So he asked Pharaoh’s officials who

The dungeon of destiny

<blockquote><sup>20</sup> Joseph’s master took him and put him in prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined. But while Joseph was

The Test

<blockquote>...Now Joseph was well-built and handsome, <sup>7</sup> and after a while his master’s wife took notice of Joseph and said, ‘Come to b

The Witness

OK, here's the scene. Your brothers persecute you because of a series of dreams you had from God. They throw you into a pit and the only reason they g

The pit

<sup>19</sup> ‘Here comes that dreamer!’ they said to each other. <sup>20</sup> ‘Come now, let’s kill him and throw him into one of these cist

The dream

<blockquote><sup>5</sup> Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more. 6 He said to them, ‘Listen to this dr