Seven Lessons We Can Learn From Joseph, Along With The Tools To Assist You
“All Scripture are God-breathed [given by divine inspiration] and are profitable for instruction, for conviction [of sin], for correction [of error and restoration to obedience], for training in righteousness [learning to live in conformity to God’s will, both publicly and privately—behaving honorably with personal integrity and moral courage” – 3 Timothy 3:16
The Bible is filled with great examples, or revelations we can learn from, and it is available and accessible to us all. One way to learn from it is to study the lives of our fathers, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph to name a few. God wants us to learn from the word of God 1 Corinthians 10:11 “Now all these things happened unto them for example: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.”
However, today is about Joseph; there are a lot of lessons to learn from Joseph’s story. Joseph’s story is one of my favorite stories in the Bible; it shows integrity and godly character , Christians ought to have in order to show the world the light, after all, we are the light of the world. So what are the lessons to learn from Joseph?
Lesson 1- God has a plan and purpose for His children
Genesis 37:6-7 and 9 “And he [Joseph] said unto them [his family], Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed: For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance [bowed] to my sheaf.”
“And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me.”
God showed Joseph in dream His plan and purpose for him; a purposeless man is just existing and not live. To him, anything goes; he is neither here nor there, but a man of purpose knows why he is here, the habits to develop, the friends to keep, and where to be or not to be. Do you know God’s plan and purpose for you?
Lesson 2- God’s plan and purpose is clear
Some Christians get confused when it comes to locating their plan and purpose; they don’t know if it is God or their mind playing tricks on them. Joseph’s dreams were straightforward; if it is God, you will understand as His child. Every child knows and understands the voice of his parents; likewise, every true daughter and son of God understands when God speaks. If you are confused about a dream, revelation, or your inner witness, then it is not God.
However, be sensitive to the spirit; ensure you are on the right path. Sometimes, the noises around us keep us from hearing God when He speaks to us. The noises may not necessarily mean music around us; it may be our thoughts, worries, etc. also, lack of faith can make us doubt God’s voice. We may be scared of the plans and purposes that we pretend not to believe or hear God. The Bible makes it very clear in Ephesians 5:17 -“Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.” Are your plan and purpose explicit?
Lesson 3- Be slow to speak
Joseph attracted his brothers’ hatred when he was fast in telling them his great future God has for him, which of course didn’t sit well with his brothers. And they disposed of him at the slightest opportunity they get. As Christians, it is necessary for us to apply wisdom in our daily lives. Learn to observe your environment, know what to share or not share with people around you; wisdom is profitable to direct. Ecclesiastes 10:10 “ If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then must he put to more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct.” Are you applying wisdom with what you share with people?
Lesson 4- The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom
Joseph did not allow his circumstances to pollute him; he feared the Lord, which made him flee from Potiphar’s wife.
Genesis 39-7-9 “ After a while, his master’s wife took notice of Joseph and said, “Come to bed with me!” But he refused, “With me in charge,” he told her, “my master does not concern himself with anything in the house, everything he owns he has entrusted to my care.”
No one is greater in this house than I am. My master has withheld nothing from me except you because you are his wife. How can I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?”
How many people will do what Joseph did today? Even in prison, Joseph behaved himself because he did not want to offend God, and it made the prison wardens like and respect him. God’s instructions are not meant to spite us, or stop us from “enjoying” this world; He did it to protect us. Imagine if Joseph had slept with Potiphar’s wife, he wouldn’t have been the prime minister of Egypt.
Lesson 5- Integrity pays
Sadly, we live in a world where everyone wants to make money at all cost irrespective of who gets hurt in the process. Joseph did not allow what he was going through to dampen his integrity ; He stayed true to his faith, and at the end, it was worth it. Everybody has a choice; no matter how difficult it may seem, but you have a choice to be bad or good. Can your friends, family, and colleagues boast of your integrity?
Lesson 6- Forgiveness
One of the godly characters about Joseph his ability to forgive; he did not allow anger to stop him from helping his family. He acknowledged that it was because of them, God’s purpose and how to access gods plan for your life can come to pass.
Do not let unforgiveness hinder your progress in life, be willing to forgive, just as Jesus Christ who is the Author and Finisher of our faith is forgiving. He forgave us our sins and washed us clean. We should do as he did. Are you still holding grudges?
Lesson 7- God’s plan for us is always good
Even though Joseph was thrown into the pit, then sent to prison for something he didn’t do, he became the prime minister of Egypt and saved his family from famine. You may be passing through some difficulties at work, school, family, etc. but one thing is sure, IT WILL END IN PRAISE.
Encourage Yourself In the Lord
Keep serving, and loving God; everything will make sense soon. You have to keep faith alive. Make note of the lessons and teachings of_Joseph.