The Price of the Prize

“Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made an ornate robe for him. When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him. Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more.”

– Genesis 27:3-5

We can learn a lot from the story of Joseph in the Old Testament, so for the next couple of days, we are going to look more closely at his life. I’m sure many of you are familiar with the account, but it begins when Jacob’s 11th and favorite son, Joseph, had a couple of peculiar dreams. Unfortunately, his siblings were already jealous of their 17-year-old kid brother because he was his dad’s favorite and that wasn’t left to anyone’s imagination. In fact, to show how highly he esteemed him, Jacob gave Joseph a very elaborately-colored coat that was richly hued and made with expensive dyes. This was especially insulting to the older brothers because typically the eldest sons were favored by their father in Jewish culture. 

So you had Joseph living the high life in his Dad’s good graces and his brothers standing on the sidelines seething. To add insult to injury, Joseph had a couple of dreams he shared. One was about his brother’s grain stalks bowing to his. The other was about the sun, moon, and 11 stars bowing down to one star, which was him. Although both dreams were prophecies from the Lord, and they did indeed foreshadow what would come, telling his brothers all about them probably wasn’t the wisest thing to do. There’s often a foolishness in youth that doesn’t understand the price required to get to the prize. It was only when he was sold into slavery that Joseph may have begun to fathom the difficult road he would travel to get to the Lord’s ultimate destination.

Friend, like Joseph, you may be a dreamer (I know I am), and that’s a good thing! However, it’s prudent to understand that there is always an unpredictable path from God’s dream to His destiny. Inevitably, you will meet difficulties and challenges on the road you must walk, between the revelation of His favor to its ultimate fulfillment. This is why I encourage you to act in wisdom when it comes to the process attached to your call; boast only if you are prepared to take up the cross it requires. There is discernment in keeping dreams close to your heart until He clearly tells you to go; once He moves, nothing will stop you!


Thank you, Jesus, for your faithfulness to fulfill the call you have placed on my life. I am in, no matter what the cost.


What has God’s call on your life cost you? What have been the rewards?

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