Joseph: A Model of Godly Leadership


Previously, in GodlyLeadership 2, I indicated I will want us to study the life of a young man—Joseph—who models Godly leadership. This will be the first post in a series of post in which I will be sharing my thoughts on Godly Leadership from the life of Joseph

Introducing Joseph
These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brethren; and the lad was with the sons of Bilhah, and with the sons of Zilpah, his father's wives: and Joseph brought unto his father their evil report. (Genesis 37:2-3)
 Genesis 37:2 is a very unusual scripture because usually, when scriptures speak about generations, it begins with birth rank—from firstborns down to the last in birth. But the description of the generation of Jacob started with the story of a seventeen year old—one of the youngest in the family. This seventeen year old was Joseph, loved and pampered by Jacob, the Father of Israel.

Let me explain a few points that I believe are relevant to godly leadership with particular interest in why a seventeen year old will get such enormous attention from Genesis 37 to the end of Genesis

1. God Has A Specific Assignment For Everyone

The attention was placed on Joseph because it was time for a promise of God to be fulfilled and Joseph was the man responsible for the fulfillment of that prophecy—the fulfillment of the prophecy was his assignment. What prophecy am I talking about? Examine the scriptures below
Genesis 15
·      13:And he[God] said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years. 
·      14: And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.
If you look closely at the scriptures above, it gives an indication that Genesis 37 which introduced Joseph was a crucial moment because God was starting the process of fulfilling his promises to Abraham in Genesis 15. So in Genesis 37:2, it was important scriptures place attention on Joseph because he was part of God’s grand plan. He wasn’t just seventeen, he wasn’t just Jacob’s son; He was God’s elect for an assignment.

Note that it was through Joseph that the whole nation Israel eventually went into slavery. So I can say that the fulfillment of Genesis 15:13 was a specific assignment for Joseph. Examine vs 14 also and you will realise that was also a specific assignment for Moses to take the Isralites out of Egypt.

Clearly, God has an assignment for every single individual on earth and the fulfillment of that assignment places a person into a leadership role.  So leadership I can say is a fulfillment of a God given assignment and God‘s will for a person. Joseph was young, He was only seventeen, but because he was a part of God‘s agenda for the period under consideration, God had to bypass all the others and zoom attention on Joseph. When it’s your moment, age rank and the standards of human beings doesn't matter—God‘s timing is the most important factor in leadership.

2. God Will Always Fulfill His Word

The assignment Joseph was about to fulfill i.e. mentioned in Genesis 15:13 earlier, was a prophecy given to Abraham many years before Joseph was born, but when the time was due, God began to work towards the fulfillment of that promise. Do you carry a promise of God? Don't lose heart, “For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry“ (Habakkuk 2:3). God’s words are trustworthy; they won’t fail See Hebrews 6.

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