Joyful Birth unto Opposition

We’ve all been given desires, dreams, and promises. In the moment of the epiphany, a sense of ecstasy and joy shroud the hope of the new-found future. Suddenly, anything becomes possible for us. The world is at our finger-tips. Our emotions are saturated with the thought that my life actually has a discoverable, divine-purpose. Whether, it’s the desire or promise of a particular calling, relationship, entrepreneurial venture, or creative expression, we feel invincible, unstoppable. Morning has dawned and night is no more. Or so we think…

In Genesis 37, we see Joseph, experience this moment of excitement. So much so that he KNEW he had to share it with those closest to him. Of course his own older brothers would be excited for him, right?


5Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more.6 He said to them, “Listen to this dream I had: 7We 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.”8 His brothers said to him, “Do you intend to reign over us? Will you actually rule us?” And they hated him all the more because of his dream and what he had said. 9Then he had another dream, and he told it to his brothers. “Listen,” he said, “I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.” 10When he told his father as well as his brothers, his father rebuked him and said, “What is this dream you had? Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow down to the ground before you?” 11His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind.”


Joseph, in his youthful zeal simply thought the way forward was to share it with all in front of him. I’m sure Joseph’s delivery of his dream was minced with the aire of youthful pride and immaturity. Who can blame him, he was excited, right? Little did he know, that as a result of this, those closest to him would be his greatest adversaries.

Often times at the inception point of a dream or promise, those closest to us will respond in either unbelief, jealousy, control, or fear on our behalf. They’ll cloak their “wisdom” and “advice” in spiritual terms and subtly discourage our vision. God allows this, to test our heart’s response. Will we be offended? Or will we forgive without condition and believe that what’s inside of us is real and born of God?

If this desire is actually born of God, than we can trust that it’s His assignment to see it unto fulfillment. Not ours. Ours is to steward the promise in faith and belief.

If this desire is actually born of God, than we can trust that it’s His assignment to see it unto fulfillment. Not ours. Ours is to steward the promise in faith and belief. Over the test of time we experience the joy of partial fulfillments, and even the devastating confusion over the circumstantial evidence of the very opposite of what we thought was going to be. The question lies in the realm of the heart. Will our heart still believe and say “YES”? As we see in the story of Joseph, his heart did, even in the grimmest of circumstances—but we’ll leave that for part II.

Continue on to part 2 ⇒

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Tyler Connell
is a YWAM missionary and graduate of the University of Washington. He loves to worship Jesus in song, word, and action. His desire is to see the poor, unreached and least of the world come to know the wonderful love of Jesus. He is also passionate about mobilizing hundreds of thousands into obedience unto Jesus' commands.