A humbled and open heart is fertile soil for God’s seeds of wisdom to be planted. Deeper Roots is focused on analyzing God’s word to discover truths, values, and lessons for application to our lives. Periodically, a scripture or passage calls for further exploration, like Genesis 43:16-34.
Our Deeper Roots passage in Genesis shows us that God gives us dreams and visions and insight to navigate seasons ahead. Our scripture selection begins as the brothers return to Egypt with their brother, Benjamin. When they arrive, Joseph instructs the steward of his house to make preparations for everyone to eat lunch together. So the steward takes all of the brothers to Joseph’s home. As they wait, they wonder if this is because of the money that was returned on the first trip. They tried to explain the situation, but the servant reassured them that it was God that provided for them. Simeon is finally reunited with his brothers as they all prepared for the meal. When Joseph arrived home, they presented him with the presents that they had brought and bowed low. In this exchange, Joseph sees his younger brother, Benjamin, and is filled with emotion. This causes him to leave to find somewhere to weep. Once he composes himself, Joseph orders for the meal to begin. The brothers were amazed that they were seated in order of birthright, and they happily partook in the meal.
Joseph had dreams and revelations given by God to help him navigate challenging situations. Looking back, everyone recognized that Joseph’s dreams were prophetic in nature. Yet the outright favoritism displayed by their father caused Joseph’s brothers to plot against him. Now, we’ve come full circle. The brothers have come to Eygpt for grain and bowed low; reminiscent of the first dream where Joseph’s brothers’ sheaves of grain bowed to his. Yet one dream, with the 11 stars, sun, and moon, remained to be seen. Here lies the tension; waiting for the dream to come to pass. And yet, God had granted Joseph insight into the future to comfort and guide him. Joseph recognized the hand of God in all of this. He remained yielded to God’s “not now” because, at any point, he could have revealed himself to his brothers, but he didn’t.
The tension that Joseph holds at this moment is a lesson for us. God’s timing is divine. There are seasons when God will give us dreams, visions, or other prophetic insights into what is ahead. This is to comfort, correct, or convict us for what is on the horizon. God is preparing us because there are times when we have to maintain our composure, especially in the waiting seasons. We know that God works all things for the good and we have to lean into that truth even as we wait to see spiritual things birthed into the physical. We have to stay yielded to God’s timing and not our own.
Amen! Joseph trusted God’s plan for his future. We can trust God’s plan for us too.