And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.”
– Genesis 41:41
As startling as it was to be promoted from prisoner to ruler, Joseph’s life was not just a rags to riches story. It wasn’t just for Joseph’s benefit that he be lifted out of prison, but for God’s glory and for the benefit of others. And the same could be said for our seasons of preparation, whether we see the evidence of that preparation on this side of heaven or not.
Pastor David Guzik said, “All men God uses greatly He first prepares greatly. Few are willing to endure the greatness of God’s preparation. God was in both the steps and the stops of Joseph’s life.”
And so it is with us! God is preparing us for positions that will make what happened to Joseph pale in comparison. We just need to be willing to endure the greatness of God’s preparation. We often pray, “Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” God is about to answer that prayer—and scripture is clear that when He does, we will rule and reign and administrate His kingdom on earth with Him…for His glory and the benefit of others.
What a responsibility to know that the here and now directly effects the then and there! What a revelation to know that now is preparation for then! God is using the twists and the turns and the ups and the downs to produce faith and trust in us…so that we can endure tribulation that produces perseverance, perseverance that produces character, and character that produces hope.
“Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”
– Romans 5:3-5