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Annually on February 7
Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more. He said to them, "Listen to this dream I had: 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." (Genesis 37:5-7)
What if Joseph had kept his dreams to himself? Wouldn't his brothers have hated him? Sometimes people hate children of God for no fault of theirs. Jealousy is one of the root causes of hatred. The Bible is replete with many such instances right from the creation of Adam & Eve. Satan was jealous of the blessings that were being bestowed by God upon Adam and Eve. Look at Cain; he was jealous and hated his brother Abel because God accepted Abel's offering and not his.
And the stories go on and on...but the difference is made by the promise. And what God promises he fulfills despite the jealousies and the hatreds.
Joseph's dreams were God given and many things happened against their fulfillment but God saw to it that in the fullness of time, his time, they attained fulfillment.
Regarding this the Psalmist says,
He called down famine on the land and destroyed all their supplies of food; and he sent a man before them - Joseph, sold as a slave. They bruised his feet with shackles, his neck was put in irons, till what he foretold came to pass, till the word of the LORD proved him true. The king sent and released him, the ruler of peoples set him free. He made him master of his household, ruler over all he possessed to instruct his princes as he pleased and teach his elders wisdom. (Psalm 105:16-22)
Regarding the promise to the Israelites, in the same psalm we read,
For he remembered his holy promise given to his servant Abraham. He brought out his people with rejoicing, his chosen ones with shouts of joy; he gave them the lands of the nations, and they fell heir to what others had toiled for - that they might keep his precepts and observe his laws. Praise the LORD. (Psalm 105:42-45)
Have you a promise given by God? And you are worried about all the hate that is coming against you. Remember Joesph and his dreams. Your's too will attain fulfillment in God's time.
As for now....Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall. (Psalm 55:22)
Posted by Dr. Johnson Cherian