Summary: I believe that God wants for you to be able to Rule Your Future. He does not want you to be in a constant state of crisis, with the problems of the moment overwhelming you.
Rule Your Future
Pastor Grant van Boeschoten
January 27, 2007
Getting ahead in life is one of those things that everybody seems to want to do, yet very few accomplish.
But this is not the way that God intended for life to be. I believe that God wants for you to be able to Rule Your Future. He does not want you to be in a constant state of crisis, with the problems of the moment overwhelming you. I believe that God wants to see you become more efficient, resourceful, wise, insightful, and obedient.
In the Bible, Joseph, son of Jacob, is somebody who managed to get ahead in life. Not only did Joseph get ahead, but he took a whole nation with him. Joseph’s goal was not simply to get ahead though; Joseph had the goal of being obedient to God.
Deuteronomy 28:13 (NLT)
13 If you listen to these commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today, and if you carefully obey them, the Lord will make you the head and not the tail, and you will always be on top and never at the bottom.
When you have the goal of being obedient to God, you understand that you don’t live on earth to get ahead, you live on earth to help carry out God’s rule.
Obedience to God can have its share of trial and adversity. Joseph’s commitment to right living frustrated his brothers and they sold him as a slave in Egypt. Joseph became a slave, and when his master’s wife tried to seduce him, Joseph took the high road resisted, only to find himself accused of rape.
And so it was Pharaoh’s dungeon that Joseph was sentenced to. Joseph didn’t sink to the standards that were placed on the prisoners. He didn’t slip to the ranks of common thief; he didn’t act like a prisoner was supposed to act. He carried himself with a steady obedience to God, and that always results in a good thing.
Genesis 39:21-23 (NLT)
21 But the Lord was with Joseph in the prison and showed him his faithful love. And the Lord made Joseph a favorite with the prison warden.
22 Before long, the warden put Joseph in charge of all the other prisoners and over everything that happened in the prison.
23 The warden had no more worries, because Joseph took care of everything. The Lord was with him and caused everything he did to succeed.
Joseph’s goal in life was not position, even though I’m sure that he wanted to be anywhere but prison. When you study the Bible and the story of Joseph, you find out that his goal was obedience to God, and you find out that Joseph acted with the wisdom of God.
Joseph gained the opportunity to speak into the lives of different prisoners; I think that they would have had a great respect for him. One day two of the Pharaoh’s royal staff was thrown into prison and both had prophetic dreams. When they could not figure them out, Joseph prayed to God, and God showed Joseph the meanings of those dreams.
Two years later the Pharaoh had some troubling dreams as well. He was very disturbed because he couldn’t figure out what they meant. And truth be told, they were pretty strange dreams.
The first dream was a dream about cows. It started off with 7 beautiful, fat, sleek cows coming out of the Nile River. They were the picture of prosperity.