Summary: My Praise Might Not Be Purdy, But It’s Praise Anyhow
My Praise Might Not Be Purdy,
But It’s Praise Anyhow
Genesis 37:18-28 And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him. 19 And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer cometh. 20 Come now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into some pit, and we will say, Some evil beast hath devoured him: and we shall see what will become of his dreams.
21 And Reuben heard it, and he delivered him out of their hands; and said, Let us not kill him. 22 And Reuben ( A Vision of Love ) said unto them, Shed no blood, but cast him into this pit that is in the wilderness, and lay no hand upon him; that he might rid him out of their hands, to deliver him to his father again. 23 And it came to pass, when Joseph was come unto his brethren, that they stript Joseph out of his coat, his coat of many colours that was on him;
24 And they took him, and cast him into a pit: and the pit was empty, there was no water in it. 25 And they sat down to eat bread: and they lifted up their eyes and looked, and, behold, a company of Ishmeelites came from Gilead with their camels bearing spicery and balm and myrrh, going to carry it down to Egypt.
26 And Judah ( Praise ) said unto his brethren,
What profit is it if we slay our brother, and conceal his blood? 27 Come, and let us sell him to the Ishmeelites, and let not our hand be upon him; for he is our brother and our flesh. And his brethren were content.
28 Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit,
and sold Joseph to the Ishmeelites for twenty pieces
of silver: and they brought Joseph into Egypt.
A vision of love kept him alive
but praise got him out of the pit.
When we read about Joseph, there are some things that can’t be denied, scripture makes it clear that:
Joseph was chosen by God, Joseph was anointed, Joseph had a destiny, Joseph was favored by God, Joseph was loved and favored by his earthly father,
God was with Joseph, because he was a praiser.
That sounds like a winning combination, judging from that criteria, it would look like Joseph had it made, it would seem as though he was living the life of riley. You would expect to find his name in the lifestyles of the rich and famous. But when we read the bible we find out that this same Joseph, who had everything going for him, who was anointed by God, who was favored by his earthly father and had so many great advantages; One day, found himself in a pit.
I want to stop here for just a minute and tell you;
If somebody told you when you became a Christian,
that all your problems would be over, and that you would never be hurt again, you would never cry again, you would never suffer again……… (They Lied)
Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivereth him out of them all… Ps 34:19
The point I’m trying to make is that Christians have problems too *Christians get sick * Christians get in debt * Christians get divorced * Christians get their hearts broken *Christians get in places they shouldn’t.
Sometimes you fall in, sometimes you jump in,
and sometimes you’re pushed in. But regardless of how you got there or why you’re there, a Pit is a Pit is a Pit and if you stay there you will die. Dreams die in the pit, ministries die in the pit, gifts, callings, visions, marriages, die in the pit) Rueben was responsible for Joseph’s pit. It was Rueben that suggested they throw Joseph in the pit. We don’t know what happened, but whatever it was; we know this, (Rueben was there when Joseph was thrown into the pit, but he was not there when he was lifted out)
The point is: Rueben saw him go into the pit, he saw him struggling and begging to be delivered, but now he’s looking into that same pit expecting to see pitiful Joseph full of fear and confusion stressing and crying and begging to be delivered (but Joseph wasn’t there)
I’m going to prophesy to somebody, (God is getting ready to do something that is going to amaze you.)
There are some people who saw you in the pit, there are some people that even helped put you in the pit, and they have watched you struggling, and pushing, and scratching and clawing trying to climb your way out, when they left you were in the pit, the last time they saw you (you were in the pit) you were a mess.