One recent night after the watchman prayed he was led to see a vision. He saw an empty space of greenish color like ceiling. While puzzling he heard in his spirit to read Genesis 40. He got up and the prompting told him to sit in the corner which he had never sat to read. He obeyed. When he sat at that tiny green table located at a narrow space sandwiched between the wall and a row of chest, and looked up, he saw exactly the vision he saw earlier on.
The Bible passage in Genesis 40 was about Joseph interpreting two dreams for two fellow prisoners in a dungeon. The interpretations were correct but he was conveniently forgotten and left in the dungeon for another two years before he had another chance to be released, through interpreting the dreams of Pharaoh, the king of Egypt.
A day later he was led in his spirit to read Ephesians. He read the book and it was rich with revelations. He read through it again in another language with his 5am brethren. The next day he remembered his collection of a verse by verse study of Ephesians by a Bible teacher. He took out the computer and listened to the whole book being expounded.
Five hours later, while washing his garden patio, he suddenly heard this verse loud and clear: “For this reason, I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for you Gentiles–” (Ephesians 3:1) “Paul’s key to operating in victory”.
The teacher said, “Paul did not see Rome natural things as being in control of his life. But rather he saw the Lord Jesus Christ being in control of his life. He didn’t empower problems by giving them the victory and authority over him. He recognized that God was in control and was flowing through him.” “It’s what you view your situation that counts. It matters what you say about yourself.”
Joseph was also of the same attitude as Paul. He never blamed God. After the break in which he successfully interpreted the dreams of two officers close to the king, Joseph was left in prison for two further long years, serving a sentence which totaled thirteen years, in fact all his youthful years (from 17 years old to thirty years old), through no fault of his. The following conversations revealed his reverential attitude towards God despite ‘growing up’ in a dungeon.
“Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell them to me, please.” (Gen. 40:8) So Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, “It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh an answer of peace.” (41:16) “And the dream was repeated to Pharaoh twice because the thing is established by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass.” (41:32) Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God?” (50:19) “But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good…to save many people alive.” (50:20)
How did Joseph keep this attitude? The king of Egypt said this of him, “Can we find such a man as this, a man in whom was the Spirit of God?” “In as much as God has shown you all this, there is no one as discerning and wise as you.” “ You shall be over my house, and all my people shall be ruled according to your word…” (41:39-40)
Joseph’s depth and breadth of spiritual knowledge through the Spirit of God, manifested in the physical realm in human wisdom and worked success. Was the worldly success important to him aside from fulfilling God’s purpose? After thirteen years of dungeon life nothing would have mattered except knowing God and God’s faithfulness for those who love God. Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
Both Joseph and Paul had a revelation of God’s love. The watchman too. He prayed that you too will have this powerful revelation. Here is the prayer of Paul for the church:
“for this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ…that He would grant you…to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man…that you…know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:14-19)