Joseph Dreams a Dream!
“And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth? And his brethren envied him; but his father observed the saying.” Gen 37:10-11
When someone tells you that a person who has been a Christian for a while should show signs of maturity, do you ever ask yourself, “What is maturity in the Lord?” When we speak of growing in Christ, what does that really mean? Of course, we should all strive to deepen our understanding of God by growing in our relationship with Christ, and walking daily with Him, but what does having maturity in the Lord look like?
I believe this week’s Scripture reveals Jacob’s growing relationship with God, as he demonstrates maturity. When confronted with Joseph’s dream, Jacob quickly rebukes him, for the dream goes against everything their culture had taught them, and that was, the father was and is glorified above his children. But, Joseph, the youngest son, was stating that according to the dream, all of his siblings, along with his mother and father, would bow down and be in subjection to him.
But, after the rebuke, we are told that Jacob “observed the saying.” He stuck this thought into his heart and kept it there. Jacob shows maturity in that although he rebuked his son, he was not beyond letting God work in a new way. Jacob shows maturity because he was able to trust that God’s plan is not always something we can understand, nor is it something that always lines up with our cultural teachings.
As we read on, we find out that Joseph is exalted into the highest position in Egypt, under the Pharoah, and that Jacob, and Joseph’s siblings really were placed in the position of gladly giving all authority they had over to Joseph, the son and the brother.
Later in History we see the significance of this…….Jesus, the Son, was given all power and authority, and all people, tongues and nations, are placed under his rule. Ephesians 1:20-23 We are told that all things are placed under his control and all are under his authority, until all things are completed, at which time all will be given back up to the Father, our great God in heaven. 1 Corinthians 15:20-28
As we think on this, let us be those who let God mature us in Christ. Let us allow God to be all powerful in our lives, shaking even the very foundations of our understandings. Let us be conformed into the work of God, according to the scriptures, as He leads us; even when the path goes in a way we do not understand. Let us trust Him for the outcome, knowing that the work He does will always be glorifying to Him.