Obedience during Opposition

There is something stirring in my spirit these last few days as I have been dwelling on the story of Joseph. In Genesis we read that he was so despised by his older brothers that he was sold into slavery. But the Word also tells us that the favor of God never left him. Imagine that…

If you were sold into slavery would you think God’s favor was on you? Would you still have faith in an unwavering God even in such a great trail? Could you praise Him still? Though it looked as if Joseph’s story would end this way, it did not! As time goes on we see the young man rising in the ranks in Egypt and finally becoming Pharaoh’s right hand man.

Joseph was a natural born dreamer. His brothers may have cursed his existence, faked his death to their father, Jacob, and let their hatred and jealousy run rampant against him. But, God’s favor poured over Joseph’s life all the more.

How many times have we thought we were being punished by God because of our circumstances, all the while He stands pouring the oil of favor upon our heads, but we are blind to it? In the midst of our bondage Hes whispering , “son or daughter I am with you and you are STILL highly favored!” Beloved child of God, Jesus has not changed. James 1:17 says, “Every good gift and perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of Lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”

Your strength and favor comes through Jesus Christ alone. You’ve heard the saying, “You are only as strong as your prayer life” and it rings so true. Your relationship with Jesus Christ will shine to those around you. Through every trail, every bondage, every struggle and journey people will see the favor of the Lord upon you. Some around you may even grow to hate and despise the anointing, talents, or favor they see the Lord giving you. Sometimes people respond by feeling challenged or threatened just like in the story of Joseph. but they fail to realize that God wants to pour the oil of favor on them too if they are willing to use their gifts for His glory. But, the blindfold named jealously comes to steal away that possibility. All they see is that God is blessing you and not them and with that attitude, the favor of God cannot be bestowed on them. Jealousy must be repented of.

In Genesis 49 verses 22-24 We find Joseph reunited with his Father Jacob who is old and getting ready to die. He blessed Joseph with these words, “Joseph is a fruitful bough, A fruitful bough by a well; His branches have run over the wall. The archers have bitterly grieved him, Shot at him and hated him. But his bow remained in strength, And the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the Mighty God of Jacob.”

The more God can trust you with, the more He will give you. If you are faithful to use what He has given you (talents, money, time, etc) to glorify His name alone then He will keep pouring more favor on you. So much favor that even the ungodly will notice and you will be able to show them the Good News of Jesus Christ.

I believe there are still plenty of God-fearing people like Joseph who are pressing toward the mark with Godly intention and not for self-gain. God blessed Joseph in his obedience and dedication. Be obedient to the voice of God even when those around you curse you. Their opinion holds no candle to that of God’s. His favor far exceeds the opposition of this dying world.

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