Joseph was about 30 years old at the fulfillment of his dream.
There is always a process in and of life.
You need to understand that what you are dealing with is nothing new.
Others have faced what you are facing, and have prevailed.
What you will probably go through is probably not as bad as others have gone through.
Just keep going through, don't stop, while you are going through it.
Determine you are going to ride through this.
You need to rejoice and be glad when going through trials.
1 Peter 4:12
1 Peter 4:13 says to rejoice in the moment of the trial. Why? Because there is something better on the other side.
It might look ugly right now, but there's something beautify on the other side.
Rejoice when we are up and when we are down. When we understand and when we don't.
When they give me a bad report, and when they give me a good report.
ESV "Beloved do not be surprised ....
This trial is not designed to make you want a pity party.
Rather, this is a test. That's all it is. (think of the test of the emergency weather broadcast service)
Tests come and tests go. Tests are not desinged to last always. They are to prepare us, and make us aware, or warning.
We don't suffer like the rest of the world does, because God is on our side.
Look to the hills, because your help comes from Him.
Our help lies in God, not in these temporal things.
Between the here and there, remember, God has an appointed time, and that God is bringing us somewhere.
Remember, that the steps of the righteous are ordered by God.
Don't loos site of the fact that God is in control
God will not allow you to be "There" before it's time. God deals with humanity according to His timing.
Whatever you are going through it's the right time for you to go through that. And when you come out of it, it is the right
time for you to come out.
But as long as we are in trial, we need to understand that God is working something good in our lives.
When this is all over, we will trust God like we never have before.
When He brings you out of this, you will know that it was God that brought you out, and not by your own efforts.
Ecclesiastics 3: There is a time for everything...
Many times, pride is a factor in our suffering. Sometimes it is also linked with thanksgiving, and who gets the credit.
If God gets us "There" too quickly, God knows we will not appreciate what we obtained. Think of all the applications of God getting the Israelites "There", and how fast or rapidly it happened, or didn't. Including God's chosen path for the journey.
As they say, anything that is obtained too fast, will not be appreciated in the end, and it will not last.
We don't need to have the attitude that a miracle would help us live for God better. Rather, we need to live for God better now.
You may feel God has abandoned and forsaken you.
Job 14:14ff helps us understand that trials are not a sign that God does not love us.
WE NEED TO WAIT ON GOD DURING OUR TRIALS
What do we and do we not do, between the dream and the fulfillment.
Some things are able to prolong or delay the process.
Who knows. Joseph may have learned a thing or two from his grand dad Abraham's mistake
of not waiting on God, and having a child by Hagar.
Abraham's mistake caused many problems.
Also notice Joseph maintained a right attitude.
Joseph did not delay the process. However, Abraham delayed the process. Who knows for sure how much, but it's possible that God did not originally want Abraham to have a child at such an old age.
But, that's as soon as Abraham finished the process, so God brought the promise at that time, having known before hand that Abraham was going to delay the process that long.
Some take 13 years that matches Ishmael's age, as the amount of time that the process was delayed, but that doesn't take into consideration his bringing his dad and Lot with him.
The Bible records that God waits till Abraham is separated from Lot in order to speak.
Israel wondered in the wilderness for 40 years, with the promise land only days away.
Notice that Abraham was impatient. He didn't wait on God. How often our problem is not only impatience, and not the fact of not waiting, but
also due to his disobedience.
Don't get upset with God because of the delay, which is actually due to your lack of patience, waiting on God, your disobedience, as was the case with Abraham.
It may not look that bad now, but as the disobedience continues, the problems are coming!
Those problems are not intended to destroy us, but rather to wake us up.
Lack of faith can also prolong the process. Without faith it's impossible to please God.
Complaining and murmering can also delay the process. You are supposed to be rejoicing not complaining. You rejoice knowing your life and world is not out of control. God is in control, not the horizontal circumstances.
Whether you got yourself into it, or you are walking right where God wanted you to, and ended up "in it" God still orders your steps, and directs your paths. He causes all things to work together for the good for those
who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose. You are on your way out! Don't complain.
Complaining and murmuring is a sure sign of a lack of faith, or even no faith.
They complained about the food and water. They complained about Moses. etc.
God was with Joseph, the Bible says, and so God is with you in your trial.
Habakkuk 2:3-4 the vision is for an appointed time.... though it tarry wait for it...
Don't faint, nor loose hope in the process.
Gal 6:9 Don't be weary in well doing, for in due season, we shall reap,IF WE FIANT NOT
Getting upset, etc. only delays the process. We must always remain faithful and praise, because it represents your faith.