“And now let Pharaoh look for a discerning and wise man and put him in charge of the land of Egypt. Let Pharaoh appoint commissioners over the land to take a fifth of the harvest of Egypt during the seven years of abundance. They should collect all the food of these good years that are coming and store up the grain under the authority of Pharaoh, to be kept in the cities for food. This food should be held in reserve for the country, to be used during the seven years of famine that will come upon Egypt, so that the country may not be ruined by the famine.” The plan seemed good to Pharaoh and to all his officials. So Pharaoh asked them, “Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom is the spirit of God?” Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has made all this known to you, there is no one so discerning and wise as you. You shall be in charge of my palace, and all my people are to submit to your orders. Only with respect to the throne will I be greater than you.” So Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I hereby put you in charge of the whole land of Egypt.” Then Pharaoh took his signet ring from his finger and put it on Joseph’s finger. He dressed him in robes of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck. He had him ride in a chariot as his second-in-command, and people shouted before him, “Make way!” Thus he put him in charge of the whole land of Egypt.
Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is my father still living?” But his brothers were not able to answer him, because they were terrified at his presence. Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will be no plowing and reaping. But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.
1. Time is a requirement for real understanding.
Time doesn’t heal all wounds but it can bring clarity and definition.
5 And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you.6For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will be no plowing and reaping.7But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.
When you are young and dreaming you have no idea of the how or why. That only comes with time and experience.
When you are middle age you are consumed with living through the formation period.
When you are older, the experience gives you a clarity of purpose that a dream by itself or a trial by itself would never give.
2. Age and experience will give you an understanding of the process not just the end result.
Experience will give you a clear picture of the process and what it produces. It lets you see the difference between a remodel and a tear down.
When you’re in the middle of it you can get an experienced person to assure you that God is just remodeling. He’s not abandoning the project. Every building project has a moment where it doesn’t look like it’s going to work.
3. Age and experience makes you realize it’s not about you.
When you have the dream, it’s about you, When you suffer through the trials, it’s about you, When you arrive you realize, it’s always been about everyone else.
Genesis 50:19 But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? 20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. 21 So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.