And Israel said to Joseph…Please go and see if it is well with your brothers…Now when they saw him afar off, even before he came near them, they conspired against him to kill him. Then they said to one another, ‘Look, this dreamer is coming! Come therefore, let us now kill him and cast him into some pit;…So it came to pass, when Joseph had come to his brothers, that they stripped Joseph of his tunic, the tunic of many colors that was on him. Then they took him and cast him into a pit…and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver. And they took Joseph to Egypt.–Genesis 37:13-28 NKJV
The second pressure point Joseph felt because the hand of God was upon him came in the form of a spiritual “thumb!” When the time came for God’s maturation process for Joseph to begin, it was as if suddenly a heavenly hand tapped him on the shoulder and introduced him to a harsh new reality.
Like Joseph, we are usually surprised by the timing of God, and initially feel overwhelmed. No one at the start feels equal to the task before them, because the burden of our call appears to leave us with no way out.
When the “bottom drops out” and our dreams seem shattered we truly experience what it means to be “thumbed” by the hand of God, coming to realize that His call is indeed a heavy one. It is a sobering place deep inside the pit, stripped of everything we have become comfortably familiar with. But it is there we first learn to truly depend on God and God alone. In this humbling attitude, we can only be sure He will exalt us in the long run when we find ourselves with nowhere else to turn!
Nothing can happen to a believer because he is following the call of God that would be more difficult than running away from the call of God! It is a good thing to feel as if you cannot escape the hand of God instead of dreading something as undefined as the last days.
This excerpt was taken from Everyday Preparation For Jesus’ Return by Rocky Veach.