Affirmation Comes With Issues

Joseph shared his dreams with his brothers. “Listen to this dream I had: There were were, binding sheaves of grain in the field. Suddenly my sheaf stood up, and your sheaves gathered around it and bowed down to my sheaf….I had another dream, and this time the sun, moon, and 11 stars were bowing down to me” (Genesis 37:6-7,9). Fast forward many years and “his brothers came and bowed down before him with their faces to the ground…when Joseph came home, they brought him the gift they had carried into the house, and they bowed to the ground before him” (Genesis 42:6; 43:26). The brothers didn’t actually know it was their younger brother Joseph when they bowed. After all, they had sold him and reported him as dead to their father Jacob.

But Joseph’s dreams were affirmed. He was right.

However, life wasn’t all cake and roses for him. He was rejected by his brothers, thrown into a pit, sold, accused of rape by the pharaoh’s wife, thrown in jail, forgotten for years, and so on. Just because he was affirmed doesn’t mean the road to affirmation was easy.

When we believe we’re right–and in those rare cases when we actually are–God doesn’t promise us a smooth path to a wide acceptance and affirmation of our correctness. In fact, it really doesn’t matter that we’re right as much as it matters that God is right. He is the one who gave the dreams to Joseph in the first place. God revealed what would happen. Joseph was faithful and followed, but it was still about affirming God more than Joseph himself.

If you want to be affirmed, check your motives. Why do you want to be affirmed and by whom?

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