Greetings brothers and friends,
Sometimes it happens that when God gives us a specific word or promise, the exact opposite occurs, unexpected circumstances unleashed by God, which allows us to test ourselves and develop our faith, which leads us to not believe in negative circumstances, but Trust your loyalty.
We can see this better in the story of José and his brothers:
5 Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more. 6 He said to them, “Listen to this dream I had: 7 We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it.” 8 His brothers said to him, “Do you intend to reign over us? Will you actually rule us?” And they hated him all the more because of his dream and what he had said.
Joseph, at the age of 17, receives a prophetic dream from God, which states that he would rule over his brothers. He tells them, who when they heard the dream, they hated him more. His brothers immediately understood the meaning of the dream and began to think about how to get rid of Joseph; so first they threw him into a well, then, in their evil hearts, they thought they also wanted to make money and sold it to the Midianites, who took him to Egypt to the slave market and was bought there by Potiphar. They told his father that a beast had shattered him and brought his bloody robe as evidence, and his father believed and cried at his dead son.
Before these events I imagine how Joseph felt, both physically and emotionally, tied to logs in a cold and stinky prison, where he spent several years. Spiritually, he had a dream, which described him victorious and then found himself in that terrible situation. It will not have been easy, however, it happens that when God makes a promise, it allows the opposite to happen at the beginning of the promise; And there is a reason for this.
17 and he sent a man before them—
Joseph, sold as a slave.
18 They bruised his feet with shackles,
his neck was put in irons,
19 till what he foretold came to pass,
till the word of the Lord proved him true.
Joseph was tested until the dream was fulfilled. We can see that everything had been ordered by God, who moved every thread of the story, since it was actually the brothers who sold it, but God has his strategies and used evil people, but he let everything work together to make the José’s dream.
Then Joseph had to face a difficult test when he found himself at Potiphar’s house with his wife, who tried to attract him, but Joseph managed to resist, since he kept faith in his dream. God put him to the test and led him to wonder if he still believed in the dream or in the circumstances, and he managed not to hesitate, just because there was a constant in his life: the presence of God; In fact, Joseph saw the circumstances with God’s eyes and had become one with his dream.
The Word of God always ends with the realization of the purpose for which it was sent and surely it is not the circumstances that prevent us from closing the cycle, but our disobedience or disbelief.
It also happens to us that we receive a word from God and immediately the opposite happens to what we have heard. How do we react? If we allow ourselves to be conditioned and overcome by negative circumstances, we end up separating ourselves from the word and losing sleep. If, on the other hand, we remain in the dream, the circumstances will eventually bend and suddenly be reversed.
Joseph, suddenly found himself out of prison, became a viceroy and got food for his brothers and his father, who bowed before him, as he had seen in the dream. His father was happy to be able to hug his son, whom he loved so much and whom he had believed dead; A sad story ended with a happy ending.
We must stand firm, knowing that God never forgets what he said so we must continue to live by faith. Sometimes it may be necessary for time to pass before completion, either because we are not ready or because we are not in the right place to receive what God has promised us. However, most of the time, the delay is used to test and strengthen, as well as to sharpen our faith, to learn and experience patience and rest, while waiting for the fulfillment of the promise.