Jerry White offers a powerful message on destiny and dreams postponed while reflecting on the life of Joseph in his book The Joseph Road: Choices that Determine Your Destiny.
Jerry White was a successful Air Force general and newly president of the international, multi-denominational group the Navigators when his sun was brutally murdered.
As he dealt with that tragedy he grew to empathize with the biblical character of Joseph.
“I look at Joseph and he didn’t expect any of the things that happened to him to happen but he met them in a way that was godly and consistent.”
At this point of tragedy he recognized that those around him in the secular world were watching closely to see if his Christianity was the real deal.
“Every aspect of your life is a witness to others.”
Another area of witness in our lives is how we deal with the dreams we have when all we can see is the trouble and hardness around.
What do we do with unfinished dreams? How do we know if they’re from God?
In the Bible, Joseph saw a glimpse through a dream of what God had planned for him, but then that didn’t come true for many years. He had to go through slavery, prison and become the prime minister of Egypt first.
“Joseph didn’t have any idea of how it was going to happen or what he was going to have to do to get there.”
Jerry thinks we should keep Joseph’s experience in mind when it seems like the dreams we thought were from God are never going to come true.
“God reveals something that’s out there but he withholds often, it’s conclusion over the long term because he has to put us through the process of preparation.”
This program originally aired on October 26, 2011.