Summary: The “winds of change” brings dust into your life to change your shape into what God has in store for you. Dust may come in the form of your reputation slandered, Relocation out of your comfort zone, or separation of friends. Swirling sand helps you disco

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Dust In The Wind

I close my eyes

only for a moment and the moment’s gone.

All my dreams

pass before my eyes, a curiosity.

Dust in the wind.

All they are is dust in the wind.

Same old song,

just a drop of water in an endless sea.

All we do

crumbles to the ground though we refuse to see.

Dust in the wind.

All we are is dust in the wind.


Don’t hang on,

nothing lasts forever but the earth and sky.

It slips away,

and all your money won’t another minute buy.

Dust in the wind.

All we are is dust in the wind.

Dust in the wind.

Ev’rything is dust in the wind.


Small particle of sand can change the shape of something huge and impermeable (show pics of weathered rocks)

The “winds of change” brings dust into your life to change your shape into what God has in store for you.

Dust may come in the form of some things mentioned such as: Divorce,

Genesis 37

I can imagine some of Joseph’s thoughts when his brothers tossed him in the pit. He must have felt betrayed, isolated, angry, scared, you name it.

Ask yourself these questions:

- Am I feeling betrayed?

- Do I feel isolated from the rest of the world?

- Am I angry?

- Am I scared?

1. The Sands of Sarcasm (verse 4,11)

Gritty sand determines your skin thickness

Blowing sand helps you discover your “sensitive areas”

(Walking on a beach after playing in the sand will chaff you)

Swirling sand helps you discover how you react in tough situations

(do you react to the situation or review your words before act?)

Joseph change in his life was brought about by the jealousy of his brothers.

All of us from time to time will be faced with the temptation to be envious because we see someone receive an honor, promotion, recognition, or some place of prominence that we do not think he or she deserves.

However, we must be careful whatever the circumstances, not to be envious because of what ominous warning found in James 3:16?

“For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and every kind of evil.”

The Word of God is clear. There is no place in the life of a believer for envy. Instead, what does Philippians 2:3 say is to be the attitude of a follower of Jesus Christ?

“Don’t be selfish; don’t live to make a good impression on others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself.”

Don’t get caught up in the stinging “sands of sarcasm”

2. The Pit of Pity (verses 23-24)

As they ate they could hear Joseph pleading for his life from the pit. The cries of Joseph fell on ears of indifference.

Even worse than being in the pits of life is to find that no one seems to care you are there.

You are seriously ill in bed and no one calls. Your go through your parents divorce and no one comes to visit. You lose your job and no one is cares. You have problems with your friends and a compassionate ear is hard to find. Being in the pits and feeling that no one cares only makes the pits seem deeper and darker.

However, the worst thing that happens to us is not being in the pits and finding that no one seems to care; it is knowing someone who is in the pits and being insensitive to them—as Joseph’s brothers did.

Isolation—The pit will separate you from your normal surroundings

You will be able to reflect on how and why you got there.

Before any type of great move in your life, time will be spent in the pit.

Because we waste so much time thinking about what might happen, time in the pit has to take place to make us think about what is happening.

You focus your attention by looking upward – toward God

Pit time causes us to deal with our emotions because once we have been delivered from the pit, we must move on into our destiny.

3. The Delusion of Deliverance (verse 28)

Change for the better doesn’t always mean it’s the best

(your mom may not be lonely anymore, but now the boyfriend she does have is a jerk)

As Joseph’s brothers were enjoying their meal and ignoring the pleas of their brother they looked, and there was a company of Ishmaelites.

(Arabian traders) . . . on their way to Egypt (37:25).

Judah then said to his brothers, "What profit is there if we kill our brother and conceal his blood? "Come and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and let not our hand be upon him, for he is our brother and our flesh." And his brothers listened.

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