Re:Verse reading–Genesis 37:14-28, 50:15-21 (day three) 

Here comes that dreamer! 

We mostly can’t be trusted with the future, though one can find exceptions.  Many prophets—not all, but many—have stewarded their knowledge of the future with great skill.  But they tend to have difficult lives and die early.  So yeah, the future’s a hard thing to handle well.  What happened when the deficient trustee of prophetic insight was a vision-casting, favorite-son-status-occupying, flashy-attire-flaunting seventeen-year-old kid?  In a family already prone to scheming, that kid’s pontificating came off as one more threatening agenda.  Joseph was right about the future, you know.  But rightness is a most dangerous quality.  The arrogance that often accompanies it will harm others.  Hardship—not least his brothers’ damnable human-trafficking transaction—transformed Joseph’s arrogance into wisdom.  And in God’s providence he became a life-saving steward of the future.

Author: Bryan Richardson

Bryan Richardson is the Associate Pastor for Counseling and Pastoral Ministries at FBCSA.

3 thoughts on “Right”

  1. How do people become wise?
    The road to wisdom runs through hardship. Arrogance leads to self-destruction. There is much to be gained from resilience in the face of obstacles. Learning from hardship can help us grow.

    Our experiences, particularly the difficult ones, might make us mentally stronger and wiser. Wisdom comes with inner turmoil! Do you agree?

  2. Will Rogers once said, ” Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement!” I often pray that I may gain experience without the poor judgement!

    1. Experience is the mother of success! We learn more from bad experience than good experience! Learning from experience, we know what to do and what not to do. Experience, bad and good, gives birth to wisdom!!

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