Summary: The way to greatness or prominence is not an easy one but out of fire comes out a precious gold. God knows the way of the righteous. He can even use an enemy to push them forward.
THE WAYS TO GREATNESS (2) -THE CHALLENGES
God is a master planner. He follows and directs His children till He gets best out of them. His thought is always good no matter the sudden appearance of darkness on their path. The way to greatness or prominence is not an easy one but out of fire comes out a precious gold. God knows the way of the righteous. He can even use an enemy to push them forward. This was the case of Joseph, a man separated from his family but not from God and His dream. His step was a good step in a better direction.
“ And it came to pass after these things, that his master's wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me. But he refused, and said unto his master's wife, Behold, my master knoweth not what is with me in the house, and he hath put all that he hath into my hand: he is not greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back anything from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God? 10, And it came to pass, as she spake to Joseph day by day, that he hearkened not unto her, to lie by her, or to be with her. And it came to pass about this time, that he went into the house to do his work; and there was none of the men of the house there within. And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out. And it came to pass, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand, and was fled forth, that she called unto the men of her house, and spake unto them, saying, See, he hath brought in a Hebrew unto us to mock us: he came in unto me to lie with me, and I cried with a loud voice: and it came to pass, when he heard that I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment by me, and fled, and got him out. And she laid up his garment by her, until his master came home. And she spake unto him according to these words, saying, The Hebrew servant, whom thou hast brought unto us, came in unto me to mock me: and it came to pass, as I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment by me, and fled out. And it came to pass, when his master heard the words of his wife, which she spake unto him, saying, After this manner did thy servant to me; that his wrath was kindled. And Joseph's master took him, and put him into the prison, the place where the king's prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison. But Jehovah was with Joseph, and showed kindness unto him, and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison”
For Joseph which means “abundance” to reach his destined height of greatness in life, he passed many terrible experiences such as –the pit, the Potiphar’s wife and the prison. He stood firm in the Lord and never staggered in faith. The Lord saw him through and finally exalted him. His dream became true.
No greatness without challenges.
A life not known Divine sufferings may not know Divine greatness.
This was the ways of Abraham, Jacob, Job etc
POINTS TO NOTE
a. Before greatness, there are battles to fight.
b. The way to greatness looks motorable but not smooth always
c. It is only in dictionary that success comes before work.
d. Devil is monitoring you. He’s interested how you made it.
e. Gold is produced only through the process of a fire.
f. Life of greatness is good and should be pursued positively.
THE CHALLENGES TO LIFE OF GREATNESS;
1. Cold War (Genesis 37:4)
The problem today in some places is household wickedness.
a. In the area of studies
b. In offices
c. In business areas
d. In families
e. Even the church
2. Early Rejection & Loneliness (Genesis 37: 3-11)
Some people that were great in life felt rejected in one way or the other, self - pity or lonely.
Joseph battled over this (Genesis 37: 3-11)
Nobody gave David a chance ( I Samuel 16:11)
Elijah thought he was the only one left. (1 Kings 19:14)
Paul was forsaken when he needed company (2 Timothy 4:10)
3. Unnecessary hatred (Genesis 37:8)