arrogant faith

Once upon a time, there was a man named Joseph.

One night Joseph had a dream, and when he told his brothers about it, they hated him more than ever. “Listen to this dream,” he said. “We were out in the field, tying up bundles of grain. Suddenly my bundle stood up, and your bundles all gathered around and bowed low before mine!”

His brothers responded, “So you think you will be our king, do you? Do you actually think you will reign over us?” And they hated him all the more because of his dreams and the way he talked about them.

Soon Joseph had another dream, and again he told his brothers about it. “Listen, I have had another dream,” he said. “The sun, moon, and eleven stars bowed low before me!”

This time he told the dream to his father as well as to his brothers, but his father scolded him. “What kind of dream is that?” he asked. “Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow to the ground before you?” (Genesis 37:5-10)

The plans God has for us may seem ridiculous to others – offensive, even. If we share the visions and dreams God has placed in our hearts, we might be met with hate and resistance, with scorn. Yet this does not mean that we have heard wrongly. Joseph seems arrogant here – and he Would be being arrogant if the dream had been his own. But it wasn’t. It was from God. And God doesn’t follow human sensibilities. He is not concerned with us feeling slighted by His plans, because His plans are far greater.

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2 thoughts on “arrogant faith

  1. Im not saying that what you wrote was wrong, but joseph was arrogant. He had that dream and that dream is good in itself, but joseph was arrogant about it- joseph thought he was going to be ruler over his brothers- but that was not the point of the dream. I think the point of Joseph’s story is that God can use evil for good and that He keeps His promises. I don’t think it means we can be “arrogant” about the plans God has for us. All the more we have to be humble because he is the one who executes his plans for his glory..

    • Hey,

      Thanks for your comment! I’m not sure I would agree that Joseph was arrogant – it’s not clear that he thought the point of the dream was that he would be ruler over his brothers and parents. He simply describes what he sees in his dream and it’s his family who assumes he’s saying he’s going to lord it over them. Of course, words are all we have to go on and it’s possible we could be missing something here, but in my reading of it, it doesn’t sound like Joseph was reveling in the thought of being ruler.

      God can definitely use evil for good and that’s made very clear in the Bible when Joseph says “You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good” (Genesis 50:20 NLT). I agree that it’s one of many great lessons we can learn from the story of Joseph. I didn’t mean to say that we can be arrogant – we should never be. My point was that faith in God’s plans – often only partially revealed to us at a time – can make us look arrogant in the eyes of others, even fellow Christians. But we need to seek God carefully and discern whether we’re hearing Him correctly, and if we are, then we shouldn’t let the voices and opinions of others sway our faith in the things God has shown us.

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