I was reading again the story of Joseph and his dreams in Genesis 37. It is one of those moments that makes you smack your head and go, “what was he thinking?” I have heard people talk about his arrogance, how God used his brothers to bring him down a notch or two. He can be seen as someone who thought he was above his brothers. After all, he gave a “bad report” about them.
Was it pride that made him give a bad report or were his brothers doing something wrong that deserved a less than positive response? Was it temerity that caused him to share his dreams? What would have happened if he had kept it all to himself? What if he feared his brother’s anger and retaliation so much that he said nothing at all?
Here’s my take on this; Joseph was oblivious. He was so clueless (though, no doubt an intelligent guy) about how others would perceive what he said. He hadn’t developed the filter that would allow him to understand how others would take what he shared.
And it was a good thing.
He shared his dreams and God’s will was done. He gave a bad report and God’s will was accomplished – for an entire nation. He served, was a slave, and the lives of his family were saved. He took what came and was made the leader of the most powerful nation on earth.
Fast forward a few thousand years to me, today. You’ve read my posts and seen a bit of my struggle. The underlying issue is I want to know what’s coming. I want to know why I face my issues. I want to know what doors will be opened and when. All these questions that I want answered.
But I’m clueless.
In light of what Joseph went through, not a bad place to be.