God is FAITHFUL in FULFILLING His PLANS & PROMISES: And when Joseph came home, they brought him the present which was in their hand into the house, and bowed down before him to the earth. Then he asked them about their well-being, and said, "Is your father well, the old man of whom you spoke? Is he still alive?" And they answered, "Your servant our father is in good health; he is still alive." And they bowed their heads down and prostrated themselves. (Gen. 43:26-28)
About 20 years ago, when Joseph was just 17 years old (Gen. 37:2), he had a dream about what God had planned about his future, which is described in this manner: Now Joseph had a dream, and he told it to his brothers; and they hated him even more. So he said to them, "Please hear this dream which I have dreamed: There we were, binding sheaves in the field. Then behold, my sheaf arose and also stood upright; and indeed your sheaves stood all around and bowed down to my sheaf." (Gen. 37:5-7) His brothers immediately understood the implications of this dream as we see their reaction to Joseph: And his brothers said to him, "Shall you indeed reign over us? Or shall you indeed have dominion over us?" (Gen. 37:8)
It is therefore evident from Joseph’s dream that God had planned and purposed for him to be a ruler or authority figure of some sort, and there would come a time in their lives that his brothers would bow down before Joseph. It is interesting to note that Joseph’s dream was built around sheaves of grain that the farmer collected as the harvest from the field. So, it can be inferred that the reason why the brothers of Joseph would bow before Joseph would have a connection to the food grain of the field.
In order for God’s plan to be fulfilled in Joseph’s life, he had to go through intense suffering and betrayal, including being sold away to slavery by his own brothers, lied upon by his master’s wife being falsely accused of molesting her, and finally being put into prison. However, it was God who orchestrated these events in Joseph’s life, as we read from the following passage: "Moreover He (God) called for a famine in the land; He (God) destroyed all the provision of bread. He (God) sent a man before them--Joseph--who was sold as a slave. They hurt his feet with fetters, he was laid in irons. Until the time that his word came to pass, the word of the Lord tested him. The king sent and released him, the ruler of the people let him go free." (Psalms 105:16-20)
We know that God faithfully fulfilled His plans and purposes in Joseph’s life after some years. As the dream had indicated, Joseph’s brothers went down to Egypt to buy food grain upon instructions from their father Jacob as they were experiencing acute food shortage on account of the famine (see Gen. 42:1-5). Also, exactly as a fulfillment of Joseph’s dream, his brothers came and bowed themselves before Joseph – not once but four times – as we can see below:
- "And Joseph's brothers came and bowed down before him with their faces to the earth." (Gen. 42:6)
- "And when Joseph came home, they brought him the present which was in their hand into the house, and bowed down before him to the earth." (Gen. 43:26)
- "And they answered, 'Your servant our father is in good health; he is still alive.' And they bowed their heads down and prostrated themselves." (Gen. 43:28)
- "So Judah and his brothers came to Joseph's house, and he was still there; and they fell before him on the ground." (Gen. 44:14)
Let us remember an important truth: God is faithful to fulfill His plans and promises for our lives. He thinks thoughts of peace concerning us that will give us a future and a hope (Jer. 29:11). Let us trust in God’s master plan and purpose for us as we wait for His time to fulfill it so that it brings glory to Him alone!
"Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday." (Psalms 37:5-6)