Yesterday I posted one of my food pictures in a food group and a few members said it was photoshopped. I was even accused of stealing my own pictures from my own website. At first, I was pissed and wanted to respond with the following words
“How dare you accuse me falsely. Are you just jealous or what is your problem?”.
As I was about to type those words, the Holy Spirit stopped me and I remembered the words of Joseph to his brothers;
As I pondered on those words, I realized what the Holy Spirit wanted me to do and I simply replied:
“No, that picture is mine, I can show you more if you want”.
And to someone else I responded;
“Please check your facts before you nail me on the cross for I crime I did not commit”.
Joseph’s story: from the pit to the palace.
The bible is just a great book. It is THE BOOK that will open your eyes to the secrets of the kingdom. A book that will give you sound understanding even a doctor’s degree program won’t give you. One of the eye-opening stories in this amazing book is the story of a young well-built dude called Joseph.
We all know the story of Joseph and his coat of many colors well don’t we? Even Dolly pattern sang about it!. Long story short; he was loved more than his brothers (Gen 37:3). God gave him a promise in a dream (v. 5), the reason why his brothers sold him as a slave to the Ishmaelite’s (v.28). Potiphar, an Egyptian who was one of Pharaoh’s officials, and the captain of the guard, bought him from the Ishmaelites and took him down to Egypt where he (Joseph) served in his household (Gen 39:1). Next thing you know Oga Madam Potiphar is tossing on this young well-built dude (vv 6, 7) but we know that Joseph feared God enough to toss her away. How a man can turn down a woman of that caliber is still beyond me!!!. His refusal to sleep with his boss’ wife landed him in prison (v.19). There, he interpreted two prisoners dreams (Gen 40) which led to the interpretation of Pharaoh’s dreams (Gen 41) as well and this brought the fulfillment of God’s promise for his life: He was put in charge of the whole land of Egypt (Gen 41:41).
Joseph’s dark and difficult times
The Bible describes some dark and difficult times in Joseph’s life. But it also reveals that every time he faced adversity, he used it to develop himself personally and to build trust with others. As a result, Joseph made one comeback after another and proved himself trustworthy and fulfilled what I want to call the Five P’s of Greatness. How? Let’s take a look at his journey to greatness and what he encountered along the way:
The Five P’s of Greatness
- The PROMISE: God gave Joseph a promise of greatness in a dream.
- The PEOPLE: God placed joseph’s brothers, the Ishmaelites, Potiphar and his wife, the prisoners, and Pharaoh to ‘help’ this promise come to pass even though they seemed like stumbling blocks in his life.
- The PIT: Joseph faced internal challenges (his brothers) that tampered with the vision of God in his life. He found himself in the place of loneliness and abandonment by his loved ones.
- The PRISON: He also faced external challenges where God divinely ‘dealt’ with him.
- The PALACE: This is where the promise of the Lord was manifested in Joseph’s life. Here, his dream became reality.
Notice that God’s favor was upon Joseph’s life hence Joseph overcame setback after setback. If the favor of God is on your life, you can overcome ANY type of setback. Also notice that on his way to greatness (becoming ruler of all Egypt), Joseph encountered several setbacks YET each setback was followed by a greater comeback. Let us take a look at some of the setbacks he encountered and compare these with the comebacks in Joseph’s life, shall we?
Joseph’s setbacks and comebacks
1st Setback: He was SOLD into Egyptian slavery
Comeback: Developed competence and organization in the palace.
2nd Setback: He was FRAMED as an adulterer
Comeback: He used his ability to discern dreams and solve problems.
3rd Setback: He was FORGOTTEN in prison
Comeback: He displayed the wisdom to interpret Pharaoh’s dream
4th Setback: He endured seven years of FAMINE
Comeback: He prepared to save the country and bring Pharaoh great wealth
5th Setback: He faced the return of his TREACHEROUS BROTHERS
Comeback: He showed patience and integrity in dealing with others
How did Joseph gain access to his promise? Because of God’s favor, Joseph overcame adversity after adversity. He was able to follow each setback with a comeback. He gained access to his promise by regularly displaying COMPETENCE and godly CHARACTER in his connections with others and that is what God wanted me to see yesterday. And he showed me that he allows everything for a reason. Because of what happened yesterday, and me trying to clarify with proof that the picture belonged to me, I posted a link to my blog. This generated traffic to my blog like no other day in January. Many more food pictures and recipes were exposed and I was even asked to lead a challenge in a group of about 250,000 people.
Friends, if like Joseph God has PROMISED you greatness, remember that God will place PEOPLE around you to help fulfill your destiny. It may feel like some people or some situations are obstacles along the way but remember, God works all things for the good of those that fear Him. Like Joseph you may fall into some PITS – a place of loneliness and challenges – you may pass through some PRISONS where the devil will try (and trying is as far as he can get) to challenge the vision of God for your life YET challenges can NEVER swallow the vision God has for you. You may go through a period when God will take out some things in your life and built in some others until he makes you ready and prepared for the PALACE where He will finally reveal your beauty for his glory!
God bless you.