Have you ever felt like you were moving ahead only to be knocked back to the starting line? Some people say that they feel like they are taking 2 steps forward to take 5 steps backwards. Well I’ve had this mindset too many times to count.
One day I had a very long talk with the Lord and I believe God directed me to the story of Joseph in Genesis 37 to 47. Joseph was a son of Jacob aka Israel. Joseph had 11 brothers and he was also his Father’s favorite. One day Joseph had a dream about him being a ruler; he shared that dream with his family. Joseph brothers already despised him due to their father’s favoritism toward Joseph and that dream caused them to dislike him even more; so they plotted to kill him. SIDE NOTE: The Bible has so much drama and action I just love it. Okay back to the regular schedule. The brothers plotted against Joseph, it turned from ‘let us kill him to let us sell him into slavery.’ They decided to go with the latter so Joseph was a salve in Egypt. Joseph rose to a position as managing Potiphar’s (his master) house. One day Potiphar’s wife tries to take Joseph’s goodies and Joseph wasn’t having it and he fled. Potiphar’s wife lied and said Joseph tried to take her therefore Joseph was thrown into jail. Sounds like 2 steps foward and 5 steps backwards right?
Joseph had a turn of position in jail as well as he rose to leadership once again. Ultimately He was released from jail and became 2nd in command to Pharoah ( basically He was acting as Pharaoh) ruling the land! Talk about dreams coming true, right?
Many times we are given a vision or dream from God and I think we believe it’s supposed to promptly happen with no suffering, hardships, or set backs. If we look at successful people even in our day and age, they had sufferings, set backs for days/weeks/months/years. One would think our setbacks aren’t part of our plan but what if it was all part of God’s plan? What if even our mistakes and struggles are taken into consideration before we are given the dream or the vision? God may give the promise but usually he leaves out the little details.
Every person on this Earth will endure some sort of hardship. The poor and the rich, famous and the unknown, children and adults, believers and unbelievers. Since we are believers we must remember that God will absolutely use all things to work for our good (Romans 8:28). I believe Joseph’s journey prepared him and built good character within him for his role as leader of Egypt. If we take time to look over our life we can see where our life experiences have prepared us for where we are. Don’t get too comfortable though, we are still on the journey of a lifetime and things will change; we will rise to new levels and we may have setbacks along the way before we arrive at our dream. We can all rejoice no matter the situation because we know that God is well aware of every situation we have, are in and will encounter. Our mission is to trust the King. Trust that God has the entire World in his hands and that nothing will come against us that God himself isn’t prepared to handle or to have us handle. We are his children and God takes care of his own… perfectly!
So yes it may appear that we are taking 2 steps foward only to take 5 steps backwards but in reality it’s a preparation for the next level of life. Every experience is needed for the very fine details of our life. We as believers are in the unique position to not be in the dark about hardships and set backs. We know that it’s all part of God’s plan. So lift your head up Child of God, if you feel as if you’re in the 5 steps back season be encouraged you will not be there forever, it’s only an intricate season that’s needed for growth. All things work together for our good and that is #GodsPlan because He orders our steps💜
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