Genesis 41:15-16—”And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I have dreamed a dream, and there is none that can interpret it: and I have heard say of thee, that thou canst understand a dream to interpret it. And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, It is not in me: God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace.”
God’s timing is every bit as important as His will. There is always a time of waiting between the promise that He makes you and the possession He gives you. This is because of two things:
1) God is preparing the possession for you.
2) God is preparing you for the possession.
Joseph was falsely accused and imprisoned. Despite this, God promised Joseph that He would be with Him. Joseph knew that God would right the wrong and deliver him. However, had God delivered him immediately, Joseph would have been just an unemployed, ex-con Jew wandering the streets of Egypt. The same would have occurred if Joseph had been released after interpreting the dreams of the baker and butler years later.
Then came a time when Joseph was to be released, but it wasn’t until about three years after the first dreams. Pharaoh had two dreams about a coming famine, and it proved to be the time for Joseph not only to be delivered, but also to be given great honor and authority.
That was God moving things around and preparing the possession for Joseph. However, something more was happening the whole time: Joseph was being prepared for his possession.
If you read the account carefully, you’ll notice something subtle about Joseph between the dreams of his fellow inmates and the dreams of Pharaoh. After he interpreted the first dreams, Joseph told the butler, “Tell Pharaoh of me.” Three years later, that’s exactly what the butler did. He told Pharaoh, “There is a man who interprets dreams.” However, when Joseph was brought out of prison those few years later, he had changed his tune slightly. It was no longer, “Tell Pharaoh of me.” It was now, “It is not in me. God shall provide.” The last three years of his imprisonment seemed unnecessary to the flesh, but it was during this time that something was changed in Joseph.
You may be in the time of waiting, between the promise and the possession, but keep believing; keep trusting. God is changing your heart and preparing you for the possession just as much as He is preparing the possession for you.
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