The Power of a Gift

Today, I will be shedding light on one of my favourite stories in the Bible, the story of Joseph the dreamer. In a nutshell, it’s the story of how a young lad with a dream found his way in a stranger’s land and ultimately saved the world through his gift. If you haven’t read it yet, you can catch up on it in Genesis 37 – 50.

It all started with Joseph sharing details of his two dreams to the wrong crowd – his family. And till date, I’ve always wondered if that was a mistake on his part. God never told him to tell his family, remember. So perhaps excitement and naivete got the best of him.

Mistake or not, this led to his seeming downfall, much to the short-lived joy of his enemies. They trapped him, sold him off in slavery and he landed in Potiphar’s house.

Let this be your side-rhema, proof that God can spin around a mistake in your favour. He’s always one step ahead as He works all things together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. The fact that that exact group of Midianites passed by the pit, leading him to Potiphar’s house can’t be a mere coincidence. Or that he ended up in the exact prison cell he did with The Butler and Baker, not happen-stance either.

That’s God right there, the Master Strategist. I’m amazed at how in His infinite wisdom He was able to foresee a catastrophic famine that would wipe out Israel and the world decades before it began. So His solution was to put a gift in the life of a young man and get him to serve distinct individuals. That’s remarkable. It’s even more heartwarming to know that God made this deliberate step out of love for you and I. We wouldn’t be on the planet if He didn’t step in like that.

I guess my nugget of wisdom from my heart to yours is the importance of appreciating our gifts, no matter how seemingly small and insignificant they may seem. God put each one in us for a reason, to serve a particular problem for humanity and to further His plan. For all you know, it might be a problem the world may never have even experienced before, or at a time that you would least expect. Remember It took Joseph 13 years after his dream to see this big problem he was created to solve as a leader, requiring nothing short of patience along the way. And even then, we could see him use this gift to solve seemingly insignificant problems on the path to greatness too.

Imagine if he focused on all that was going wrong that he failed to seize his opportunity. Imagine poor Joseph whining about the prison he was in, or falling sorry for his past betrayals – from his brothers and Potiphar’s wife – that he didn’t recognise that the butler and baker’s needs. No matter what, staying focused on loving God and others is important. It might seem hard considering all the craziness that life brings. But God is with us, He’s for us and in us, and I can’t think of anything better than to trust Him to be our strength and peace in both the good and trying seasons of life.

Food for thought:

“A gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great” (Proverbs 8:13)

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