Waiting on the Lord

Jul 17, 16 Waiting on the Lord

Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
(James 1:12 NKJV)

Today we look at the life of Joseph and how God has prepared him for what’s to come, as he waited on the Lord through difficult times through his life 


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For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV)


1) Joseph favored by his father but incurred the jealousy of his brothers and was sold to slavery
2) in a foreign land, he served honestly under Potiphar, and was given favour by God and his master 
3) Joseph thrown into jail, for fleeing temptation from Potiphar’s wife and was framed by her
4) he interpreted the dreams of the chief butler and baker, but was forgotten by the butler until two years 
5) Joseph sought to interpret Pharaoh’s dreams and was released and promoted as chief governer. He subsequently saved and was reunited with his family and the lineage of Israel from famine by welcoming them to Egypt

Proverbs 12:13

Joseph was sent to the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were confined. And he was there in the prison. But the LORD was with Joseph and showed him mercy, and He (Genesis 39:20 – 39:21 NKJV)

Wait on the Lord 

Joseph interprets dreams of the chief butler and chief baker. In the hope of having them mention his innocence to Potiphar. But the chief butler forgot about him until two years! 
But through his suffering, God prepared him for the important role in future.


Scripture 

Then the chief butler told his dream to Joseph, and said to him, “Behold, in my dream vine was before me, “and in the vine were three branches; it was as though it budded, its blossoms shot forth, and its clusters brought forth ripe grapes. “Then Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand; and I took the grapes and pressed them into Pharaoh’s cup, and placed the cup in Pharaoh’s hand.” (Genesis 40:9 – 40:11 NKJV)
Now within three days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your place, and you will put Pharaoh’s cup in his hand according to the former manner, when you were his butler. 
“But remember me when it is well with you, and please show kindness to me; make mention of me to Pharaoh, and get me out of this house. “For indeed I was stolen away from the land of the Hebrews; and also I have done nothing here that they should put me into the dungeon (Genesis 40:13 – 40:15 NKJV)

interpretation was good, he said to Joseph, “I also was in my dream, and there were three white baskets on my head. “In the uppermost basket were all kinds of baked goods for Pharaoh, and the birds ate them out of the basket on my head.” So Joseph answered and said, “This is the interpretation of it: The three baskets are three days. “Within three days Pharaoh will lift off your head from you and hang you on a tree; and the birds will eat your flesh from you (Genesis 40:16 – 40:19 NKJV)

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