There was a man named Bartimaeus. He was blind and he supported himself by sitting on the side of the road begging for money which was common for blind people to do during that time.
One day while he sat by the road begging, he began to hear a large crowd approaching. He asked the people around him what all the noise was. They told him that Jesus and His disciples were passing by.
Bartimaeus had heard the reports of Jesus and how He had healed people so he started yelling out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” The people around him told him that he needed to calm down. He needed to be quiet.
But he knew this was his chance! This was the opportunity he had been waiting for to get healed, and he wasn’t going to miss it just because other people were uncomfortable with his “praise.” He started yelling even louder, “Jesus, Son of David, Have mercy on me!”
Jesus, hearing the cries of Bartimaeus, stopped and told His disciples to bring the man that was yelling to Him. So they brought him to Jesus and Jesus said, “What do you want me to do for you?” and Bartimaeus said, “Lord, I want my sight. I want to be able to see.” Then Jesus responded, “Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.” Immediately, Bartimaeus could see, and he praised and followed Jesus.
What if Bartimaeus had let those religious people intimidate him and he had stopped yelling? He would have been a blind beggar the rest of his life.
When it comes to times like that, you’ve got two types of people, the ones who will be intimidated and shut up and the ones who don’t let other people’s opinions bother them. Which type of person are you?
Bartimaeus found himself that day at a his pivotal moment of destiny, at a crossroads of destiny. Jesus was walking by. He was coming through, not staying. Bartimaeus had a few moments to get the attention of the Person that had his miracle in Their hand.
Fear of what people think could have stopped Bartimaeus from getting his miracle that day!
It’s times like that when God will test you.
We don’t know when that pivotal moment that decides our destiny will come. We also don’t know what form our tests will be in, but tests do come to all of us, and you absolutely cannot fake your way through one of God’s tests because it will test and prove your true character.
You may be tested like Abraham and be asked to sacrifice the thing you love the most. You may be tested in a similar way that Bartimaeus was tested and have to do something that most men will disapprove of.
But if you understand Who God is, you know that man’s approval in this world means very little. If you understand Who God really is, you know that He has the hearts of kings in His hand and like the rivers of water, He turns them wherever He wishes (Proverbs 21:1).
Such was the story of Joseph’s life.
Joseph’s Moment of Destiny
Joseph, the son of Jacob, knew that God had destined him for greatness. He knew that he was called to a position of leadership. Psalm 105:19 refers to Joseph’s promise:
“Until the time that [Joseph’s] word came to pass, the word of the LORD tested him.”
The word tested him by the fact that everyday for thirteen years his life was in total opposition to his word.
When Joseph was seventeen, he was sold into slavery by his own brothers. He was bought by Potiphar, the captain of the guard and an officer of Pharaoh. The LORD blessed everything Joseph touched so he found favor with Potiphar and was made overseer of his house.
Just when his life seemed to be getting a little bit better, Potiphar’s wife tried to seduce him. Joseph kept rejecting her advances until she finally decided to lie and say he was trying to seduce her. This got him thrown in prison.
Potiphar put Joseph into the prison where Pharaoh’s prisoners were kept. The LORD continued to bless Joseph’s work, giving him favor with the keeper of the prison. And the keeper of the prison put Joseph in charge of all the other prisoners.
When Joseph was about 28 years old and had been away from his father’s house for over ten years, Pharaoh’s chief cupbearer and chief baker were put in the prison. They had both offended Pharaoh. Joseph was assigned to look after them while they were there.
One night both the cupbearer and the baker had dreams that disturbed both of them. Joseph noticed they were upset and asked them why. They replied, “We both had dreams last night, but no one can tell us what they mean.” Joseph said, “God gives the interpretation of dreams. Tell them to me.”
So the cupbearer told Joseph his dream and Joseph gave him the interpretation. He said, “Pharaoh will lift you up in three days and restore you to your position as his chief cupbearer. Please remember me before Pharaoh and tell him how I am here unjustly.”
When the baker saw that the cupbearer received a good interpretation, he told Joseph his dream. Joseph responded, “This is what your dream means. In three days, Pharaoh will lift off your head from you and will hang you on a tree, and the birds will eat your flesh from you.”
Three days later, both of Joseph’s interpretations came to pass. However, the cupbearer did not remember to mention Joseph to the Pharaoh until two years later.
Pharaoh was having disturbing dreams but he could not find anyone to interpret them. Then the cupbearer remembered Joseph and he told Pharaoh about how accurately this young Hebrew man interpreted both his dream and the dream of the baker.
So Pharaoh had Joseph brought to him and he told the young man of his dreams. Pharaoh explained:
“In my dream I was standing on the bank of the Nile, when out of the river there came up seven cows, fat and sleek, and they grazed among the reeds. After them, seven other cows came up—scrawny and very ugly and lean. I had never seen such ugly cows in all the land of Egypt. The lean, ugly cows ate up the seven fat cows that came up first. But even after they ate them, no one could tell that they had done so; they looked just as ugly as before. Then I woke up. But when I got back to sleep, I had another dream. In that dream I saw seven heads of grain, full and good, growing on a single stalk. After them, seven other heads sprouted—withered and thin and scorched by the east wind. The thin heads of grain swallowed up the seven good heads. I told this to the magicians, but none of them could explain it to me.”
Right then, Joseph found himself at his moment of destiny. No one else could help Pharaoh, so this was Joseph’s perfect opportunity.
Joseph told Pharaoh, “God has shown you what He is about to do. Both dreams are the same. The seven good cows and seven good heads are seven years of plenty which will come throughout all Egypt. But the seven thin and ugly cows and seven empty heads are seven years of famine and when the famine comes, all the years of plenty will be forgotten and the land will be depleted.”
Then Joseph told Pharaoh what he must do to save Egypt during the famine. He said, “Pharaoh must select a wise man and set him over Egypt to see that one-fifth of all the produce of Egypt is collected during the seven plentiful years. And let all the grain that is collected during that time be stored up under the authority of Pharaoh. Then food shall be in reserve for the next seven years so that Egypt shall be saved during the famine.”
The advice Joseph gave sounded good to Pharaoh, so Pharaoh said to his officials, “Can we find anyone else like this man so obviously filled with the Spirit of God?”
Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “You shall be over all my people. Only in regard to the throne will I be greater than you.” And Pharaoh took his signet ring off his hand and put it on Joseph’s hand.
Pharaoh gave Joseph clothes of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck. And he had him ride in the second chariot all through Egypt showing everyone that Pharaoh had set Joseph over all the land and people of Egypt. He gave him a new name, and he gave him the daughter of one of his priests as his wife.
Joseph woke up that morning alone, in prison, wearing prisoner’s clothes, owning nothing of value. That night, he went to bed with a wife of high status, in a palace, wearing clothes of fine linen, owning a gold chain and a signet ring that gave him authority over the entire land of Egypt.
Joseph waited thirteen years for his moment of destiny to come, but when it did, it was more than he had ever imagined. God proved very faithful!
If God has given you a promise and everything around you looks totally opposite of what God has said, be encouraged. That is exactly the kind of situation in which God likes to show up and show off!
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Yours in Christ,
Shiloh Mandi Griffin, M.Ed.
Founder of The Praying Prophet