From Fetters to Fulfillment: The Journey of Joseph

Psalm 105:17-19
He sent a man before them, even Joseph, who was sold for a servant: Whose feet they hurt with fetters: he was laid in iron: Until the time that his word came: the word of the LORD tried him.
“Whose feet they hurt with fetters…” Feet speak of the past in that they tell of miles gone by. They speak of the present to tell whether one is still or moving on. They speak of the future by the direction in which they are pointed.

Romans 10:15b says, “How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!” Feet which travel the path less trodden for the cause of Christ, though they be scratched, bruised, worn, and callused, are no doubt the most beautiful feet of all! The beauty is not so much in the natural realm as in the supernatural; for it’s not the scars, but the reasons for them that are beautiful!

Joseph didn’t know at first the pain his travels would bear upon his feet but don’t you know that when he arrived at the palace, he realized the destination was well worth the pain! There is one thing our past, present, and future all have in common; they are all defined by time.

Our text goes on to say, “…he was laid in iron: Until the time that his word came:” No doubt the wait was long and hard for Joseph; yet, he waited patiently until the word came! One day he got word that his days in prison were over, and so they were! However, please note it says, “…the word of the LORD tried him.” It is a trying time when one knows what the Word says, but has yet to experience its truth!

Timing is everything; that’s why it is important to wait for YOUR word! Pro 25:11 says, “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.” Perhaps this will be a fitly spoken word of encouragement for you: Just because God hasn’t, does not mean He won’t! He is simply waiting for the time in which you are best prepared to receive the word!

When are we best prepared to receive the word of deliverance? When we have passed the test! Joseph knew that what he was going through in prison was not what he had dreamed just a few years earlier. His only option was to wait it out in faith, taking it one day at a time, until at last his word came. So it is with you and I; God gives us glimpses into a future that we can only realize one faith-step at a time!

~ Pastor Gary Caudill
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