Genesis 37:10 (NLT) This time he told the dream to his father as well as to his brothers, but his father scolded him. “What kind of dream is that?” he asked. “Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow to the ground before you?” 11 But while his brothers were jealous of Joseph, his father wondered what the dreams meant.
Self-promoting is usually viewed as a negative personality trait. The story of Joseph in the Old Testament is a real life insight to this concern. His youthful boasting to his brothers got him in trouble. Based on a dream, he proclaimed that his brothers would someday bow down to him. This, coupled with his father’s favoritism, led to jealousy and broken family relationships. In the end, his brothers sold him into slavery, cutting him off from his family altogether. How are you and your family doing?
Through years of difficulties and suffering, however, Joseph’s self-promoting was developed by God into a mature self-assurance. This self-assurance made Joseph capable of tackling and succeeding when most other men would have run away. Joseph integrity, took him from being a prisoner to being second only to Pharaoh. And, as only God could orchestrate, Joseph was in a position to save the young nation Israel during a time of terrible famine. How are you going to help your family in these next days?
Point to ponder- Are you self- promoting and relying on your strength or intelligence to succeed? Or are you self-assured, knowing that God is the source of any strength, favor, or success? One way leads to trouble while the other God will use for His plans and His glory.
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