Summary: What about your dreams? What if God has a different dream about your life than you do? How will you handle it?
When a cowboy applied for an insurance policy, the agent asked, “Have you ever had any accidents?” After a moment’s reflection, the applicant
responded, “Nope, but a bronco did kick in two of my ribs last summer, and a couple of years ago a rattlesnake bit me on the ankle.”
“Wouldn’t you call those accidents?” replied the puzzled agent. “Naw,” the cowboy said, “they did it on purpose!”
Joseph tells of his dreams,maybe such a smart ideal, but remember he is just 17 years old.
Did you make good choices at 17?
God has a vision for your life, but not everybody going to be excited about it, as you are!
When we get to heaven I believe God is going to show us what we done with our life and what He wanted to do with our life.
Now God can accomplish some great things in our life, He can use us mightily, sometimes in spite of our self, but just think what He could do if we would turn our life over to Him completely!
Tattletale-He knew they were dishonoring his fathers name!
1-God removes what he has depended on!
God allows Joseph to be separated from his father.
His father had taken care of his needs.. .No working in the field, a coat, he was the favorite.
The Coat-”Also he made him a tunic of many colors.” This term “tunic of many colors” is variously translated as “many colored or richly ornamented”, “but the Hebrew word describes it as a robe extending to the ankles and the wrists, perhaps with an embroidered narrow stripe of color around the edge. It was a garment worn by nobility and the wealthy. Joseph’s brothers wore garments that were short and sleeveless. With such garments, they were able to clamber up hills, wade thmugh swampy areas, and carry sheep on their shoulders. In essence, Joseph’s robe declared that he was exempt from manual labor and hardship. Even the light color of his robe indicated that he did not expect to get dirty or have it soiled in any way from hard work.”
When he learned of Dinah’s rape he did nothing, when he learned his sons were guilty of murder he did nothing, when he learned that his own son had committed incest he still did nothing. It is hard to calculate how
Jacob’s passiveness as a parent contributed to the turmoil in this family.
“Jacob is a classic illustration of a man who was too busy for his family, too preoccupied and unconcerned, which meant he was too passive to deal with what was occurring in the lives of any of his children.” Charles Swindoll.
If Joseph would have stayed at home, he might have become like his father Jacob!
2-God use a method that Joseph would have not chosen.
If God would have warned you about some things that were going to happen in your life but they were going to teach you something about Him and about yourself, would you have chosen them? I could say for myself, No!
D. L. Moody was the one who said, “when God wants to use a person greatly, He takes him and crushes him.”
God cannot work greatly through us until He works deeply in us.
3-God prepares people prior to using them.
Joseph was in God’s training program. Unfair treatment from his family.
He was unjustly accused. Then abandoned in prison. Thirteen years, he waits for God. But it was a thirteen-year course in character development.
Points of Application.
1-The decisions we make affect not only ourselves but all those who care about us.
The course of action you choose today may affect your children, your grandchildren, and even your great grand-children.
Jacob’s mistakes with his children had tragic long term affects.
2-We must be faithful to God regardless of your family situation.
It can be very easy for us to look at our family background and make excuses.
My parents are divorced; I can’t help being this way, I was abused as a child, My father was an alcoholic, and the list goes on and on.
3. God understands our particular circumstances and He wants to help us rise above the negative influences in our lives.
4-God specializes in changing us and conforming us into His image, no mafter what our family background.
Maybe your parents were not perfect. Maybe your home life was less than ideal. Perhaps you have made mistakes as a teenager or even later in life.
God wants to fulfill that dream that He has for your life!