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.