“Be faithful in the small areas where God has planted you and have called you to do. Stay committed, be consistent and God will eventually lead you to your purpose.“Glennavelle
Be faithful in the small areas where God has planted you and have called you to do. Stay committed, be consistent and God will eventually lead you to your purpose.
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.”
As you study the life of Joseph in Genesis. He endured many trials before God had finally fulfilled Joseph’s purpose. Because of Joseph’s dream, he was hated by his own brothers and got rid of him by selling him into slavery. Joseph ended up working as an overseer of Potiphar’s house. If this wasn’t enough, Joseph then was wrongly accused by Potiphar’s wife who seduced him of sleeping with her. Joseph refused the woman and ran away; however, he ended up in jail by falsely accused by the seductress woman.
Yet, Joseph remained faithful until he was finally set free from the prison cell. He was released from jail when Pharaoh had a recurring dream that no one could interpret and the butler who spent with Joseph in jail referred him to Pharaoh. Eventually, Joseph became the governor of Egypt. God had finally accomplished the calling of Joseph in his life.
Have you heard the phrase, you can dream big, the sky is the limit? You can achieve whatever you want in life. However, in my own life, God showed me that it isn’t about what I want, but what His plans for my life. It is God’s way and God’s purpose He has for my life. It is his purpose He has for you and calling.
Just like Joseph’s life, we will be tested before we can get to our destiny or our God-given calling or purpose. Joseph was tested by his integrity and loyalty when he was tempted by a seductress woman to sleep with him, but he refused because he was a man of integrity and loyalty.
When we wait upon the Lord we must hope and wait quietly as Lamentations 3:26 says, “It is good that one should hope and wait quietly.” No one wants to wait but in the waiting, our faith is tested. We can become impatient and we want God to do it now and want to see the result right away.
Zechariah 4:6, “Not by might nor by my power but My spirit,” says the Lord of hosts. When God is with us we can do great and mighty things. It isn’t based on our own efforts and strength. If we only obey and follow God’s direction just like what He said to Joshuah stated in Zecharia 3:6-7, “If you walk in My ways and if you will keep My command then you shall also judge My house. And likewise, have charge of My courts, I will give you places to walk among these who stand here.”
If we obey and fear God:
Acts 10:38, “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil for God was with Him.” If God’s anointing is in your life and He is with you, you can do mighty things. There are no limitations to what you can achieve.
Waiting upon the Lord will renew our strength
In the waiting period, God is pruning and building our character. He will test our faith and our willingness to obey Him amidst trials. Joseph was refined by several trials until God had finally used him. In the same way with us, before we could be used for God, we also are purified like gold and will be tested of faith to see if it is genuine enough.
Quitters will never win
I used to quit and give up when I don’t see any progress. When God had called me to start a podcast, create a YouTube, and build my website, I wanted to quit because I was discouraged when I didn’t see a great follower. I was pressured to think I must be popular like everyone else, but God corrected me and told me it is not about me. It is only the name of Jesus must be lifted up. The name of Jesus is the name above all names. The only name we must magnify.
All we needed to do is to remain faithful and walk and obey God to where He is leading me. Even if I haven’t seen progress, I just have to keep on walking. Staying committed, being consistent, and keeping my faith as God kept on reminding me that I must do to see progress eventually in my life someday.
In the wilderness
Moses was another man who spent forty years of his life shepherding sheep when he ran away from the hands of Pharaoh. But in the wilderness that’s where God had met him and introduced God to him with his encounter on the burning bush that wasn’t consumed. In the wilderness, God is teaching us to be patient. In the wilderness, this is where God is pruning us if we are still faithful and can be trusted. In the wilderness, that’s where God is going to see if we are reliable and obey His commands.
God’s calling doesn’t make sense
God uses people that are less qualified just like Moses’ who argued with God because he stutters and can’t speak eloquently. He didn’t think of himself that could face Pharaoh to convince him otherwise to set the Israelite’s free.
God doesn’t qualify people the way the world qualifies men and women. The world qualifies you based on your experience and based on your education. But God is our qualifier and not men. When Jesus’s picked his disciples most of them were fishermen and only Luke as far as I know was the doctor. But the rest of Jesus’ twelve apostles were uneducated perhaps illiterate. What I have learned that God makes the wise foolishness to Him and he made the foolish ones wise. I believe the more educated you can become, you can become puffed up and who thinks highly of oneself. God wants to use the not so educated and not so popular because they can be teachable.
13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity.[a] I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.