Have you ever met anyone who was a natural born winner? In everything they do they prosper. Everywhere they go, and no matter what organization they are part of, they seem to reach the top. But, a lot of things that look easy on the outside aren’t. At first glance Joseph in the thirty-seventh chapter of Genesis in the Bible was clearly a person of success. Everything he did was significant, and on repeated occasions he rose to the pinnacle wherever he went. But don’t let his outward success fool you. Joseph had a life of supreme trial. Sold into slavery and imprisoned unjustly, he could have given up in despair. But Joseph didn’t give up. He had a zest for life and the favor of the Lord. This fueled his passion to do better and be more. As you read our scripture for today you will see how God gave Joseph a dream of greater things. And you have that dream of greater things through Jesus if you will embrace and follow Him.
(Genesis 37) 2 This is the account of Jacob’s family line. Joseph, a young man of seventeen, was tending the flocks with his brothers, the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives, and he brought their father a bad report about them.
3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made an ornate[a] robe for him. 4 When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him.
5 Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more. 6 He said to them, “Listen to this dream I had: 7 We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it.”
8 His brothers said to him, “Do you intend to reign over us? Will you actually rule us?” And they hated him all the more because of his dream and what he had said. 9 Then he had another dream, and he told it to his brothers. “Listen,” he said, “I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.”
10 When he told his father as well as his brothers, his father rebuked him and said, “What is this dream you had? Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow down to the ground before you?” 11 His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind.