The Phases of Faith
“According to your faith will it be done to you.” (Matthew 9:29 NIV)
RAMBLINGS from Connor’s dad – One of my favorite characters from the Bible’s Old Testament is Joseph. Because of his personality, I can see Connor playing the role of Joseph with ease! Early on, confident to a fault with his siblings; later, maturing to be the trail blazer for them.
Early in Joseph’s life God gave him a dream that one day his older brothers would be bowing to him. Unfortunately for Joseph, sharing that dream with them got him in a whole lot of trouble over the next few years.
As the second youngest of 12, his immaturity led him to share that vision with them, which in turn led them to selling him as a slave to passing merchants. But quickly he matured, and that maturity later on kept him out of trouble with Potiphar’s wife.
Even in the worst of his “difficulties” when he had been falsely accused and then imprisoned, he kept a mature head about him, trusting God in the midst of his “dead end”. Because of his faithfulness, his brothers did bow to him, as he became the second most powerful man in Egypt, behind Pharaoh. Because of his faithfulness, when the famine struck for 7 years, he was in a position to help his family survive.
I wonder how many times I have been headed to deliverance by God, maybe already looking at the ”dead end ahead” sign, but bailed? Maybe the bumpy road had already turned into a hopeless dead end. Instead of being more trusting of His promises and power, maybe I bailed just as He was getting ready to deliver me…
Judah said to his brothers, “What will we gain by killing our brother? We’d have to cover up the crime. Instead of hurting him, let’s sell him to those Ishmaelite traders. After all, he is our brother—our own flesh and blood!” And his brothers agreed. So when the Ishmaelites, who were Midianite traders, came by, Joseph’s brothers pulled him out of the cistern and sold him to them for twenty pieces of silver. And the traders took him to Egypt. (Genesis 37:26-28)