Isaiah 40:31, “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint”.
It is easy to do something when what to expect as the outcome especially if you know it is going to benefit you in some way. No sensible person would want to labor in a field they feel will not yield anything to them. How can you have a dream that appears to give you a dead end promise yet still hold on? I want to understand what kept Joseph standing.
Joseph had a dream as described in Genesis 37, a dream of greatness. A dream showing that his family would one day bow before him. It was a dream that suggested that people would serve him. A dream that was full of life and hope. What was there to stop this dream from coming to pass? At that time there seamed nothing to stop it until his angry brothers tried to kill him only to sell him as a slave. As a slave, he served Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, a dream going the opposite direction (serving instead of being served). Later he is thrown in prison after being lied on.
The last place a person with a dream wants to find him or herself is in prison. Prison takes away your freedom, puts a restraint on you, slows you down, puts you on halt, limits you. It appears to be a dead end, something you may be feeling today concerning your job, marriage, ministry. Like Joseph, you found yourself in some type of prison while in pursuit of your dream with no hope to progress any further. You can see God elevating everyone but you. Instead of the Lord sending people to help you, He is sending people to you to help them and some that you have helped forgot about you. Joseph interpreted dreams for Pharaoh’s butler and baker and their dreams came true while his dream had not been fulfilled. He told the butter, Genesis 40:14, “But remember me when it is well with you, and please show kindness to me; make mention of me to Pharaoh, and get me out of this house“. The bible says in vs. 23, “Yet the chief butler did not remember Joseph, but forgot him”. In prison for two more years after the first dreams were fulfilled and the butler restored to his position. He is finally remembered Joseph when Pharaoh had a dream and no one could interpret it.
What is the message behind this story, I believe Joseph was learning about serving and not being served. This is in line with Isaiah 40, “But they that WAIT upon the Lord…”, I used to think that the wait here meant to continue as one is in expectation, then I learnt that “WAIT” here was equivalent to a waiter or waitress waiting (serving) people. Joseph’s strength was in the waiting (serving) knowing he was serving God in every state. If you read the story again, you will learn that his blessing did not come about till he had served others. Which tells me that God cares about us putting other people’s needs first. That if you want to be great in God’s kingdom then you have to learn to be a servant of all. God referred to the prophets and leaders in the bible not by their titles but called them servants. That is where their strength was, that is what kept them standing, that is what renewed their strength. “…they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint”. Joseph learnt to sow above what he was facing and not fly away. He could not be weary in his run, neither could he faint in his walk, he learnt to wait. When he got to the top, guess what he continued to do?, he waited on people. Some today cannot go any further because they have not learnt to serve others which is selfishness if you look at it. I have learnt that whatever God is doing in our lives, He has someone else in mind to tap into what He is doing. If God is going to bless you, raise you, fulfill your dream, it’s not just about you but about some people He has in mind also. If God is going to anoint you, it’s not for you to feel good about being anointed, the anointing is to serve others. God First, Others second, You third. Blessings Ev