God gave Joseph a dream, “Men will bow to you.” But soon after he had the dream, Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers. But Joe, was a good guy, so he excelled at being a slave. His mater’s household prospered under Joe’s care. You would think Joe would have gotten a promotion. Nope.
Instead he was falsely accused and ended up in jail. What?
If I were Joseph, I would have been bitter. I would have questioned God. God and I would have had a come to Abraham meeting. “You told me people were going to bow to me but then I had to bow to others. But I did it with a happy heart. How am I rewarded? With a demotion. With prison. With living in a dark, filthy, smelly prison.”
Perhaps, Joseph had that conversation internally with God. We don’t know. But what we do know is this: In this dark, smelly, filthy place, when the dream seemed a million miles away, in his disappointment and confusion Joseph prospered.
Here is my question for you today. Can you prosper regardless to your circumstances? Can you prosper in the darkness? How about in the storm? What about in your lack? Can you prosper when the diagnosis is grim? Can you prosper when you face joblessness, loneliness, hopelessness? Can you prosper in the pit?
The answer is yes you can. Here is how:
1. Keep reminding yourself of the dream. Remind yourself of God’s faithfulness. Declare and decree what God speaks over you.
2. Never forget who you are or whose you are. Never allow your stinking circumstances to make you stink. You have been given everything you need to rise above the muck and the mire so that you can be a sweet aroma to those around you.
Prosper in you storm!
“From the time he put him in charge of his household and of all that he owned, the Lord blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph. The blessing of the Lord was on everything Potiphar had, both in the house and in the field.
So the warden put Joseph in charge of all those held in the prison, and he was made responsible for all that was done there.”
Genesis 39:5, 22 NIV