January 10, 2005
This is the history of Jacob.
Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brothers. …
Now Israel loved Joseph more than all of [Jacob’s] children, because he was the son of his old age. And he made him a tunic of many colors. But when his brothers saw that his father loved him more than all of his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peaceably to him.
Now Joseph had a dream, and he told it to his brothers; and they hated him even more.
You know, Joseph is one of my personal heroes. You might say he was the most Christ-like man in all of the Old Testament. His life is comparative to our Lord Jesus’. Because our goal is to be like Christ, as followers of him, then certainly Joseph’s life is an example and an encouragement to each of us. Joseph’s life is truly a story of character that prevailed through all types of seasons and situations. And the fact is that character will always win.
D.L. Moody, who was the Billy Graham of the 19th century made the statement years ago: “Character is what you are in the dark.”
Even in the dark days, especially in the dark days of our lives, the character of the believer is to shine brighter than anyone else’s.
A series of tests—including both adversity and prosperity—in Joseph’s life could not destroy his dreams or his character. He was truly a man for all seasons and he was faithful both in public and private. His perseverance and faithfulness to God never wavered as far as we know. He never compromised in his heart the dreams that God had given him.
In the toughest of situations, you’re godly character should shine through, just as Joseph’s did. Even when others jeer and boo you, remember the steps Joseph took to overcome the adversity. The dreams and vision God has given for a future can never be shattered if you continue to remain steadfast in your commitment and perseverance for His kingdom.
“FAME IS VAPOR. POPULARITY IS AN ACCIDENT.
RICHES TAKE WINGS. AND ONLY CHARACTER ENDURES.”