Biblical Examples of Leadership: Joseph.
In the book of Genesis we meet Joseph.
He is the next to the youngest son of Jacob, grandson of Isaac, and great grandson of Abraham. Joseph was called and destined by God to be a leader, so it should be an easy road to travel, right? No. It was a hard and ugly path to the place God had called him.
In Genesis 37 he is a 17 year old with a dream, who alienates his brothers, and is sold into slavery in Egypt.
Slavery in Egypt was not easy. There was no “Society for the Improvement of Slave Conditions”. He was at the mercy of his master Potiphar. Potiphar was the captain of Pharaoh’s body guard. Many scholars think that also meant he was the chief executioner for Pharaoh. Would you want to be the slave of the chief executioner of Egypt?
Joseph was promoted until he was in charge of all of Potiphar’s holdings, but he was still a slave. And then, falsely accused of attempted rape, Joseph is thrown into prison. Eventually Joseph is in charge of the prison, while still locked away in prison.
Later he is given the opportunity to interpret dreams for the Pharaoh of Egypt and as a result he is released and promoted to the # 2 position in the land.
We learn from Genesis 41:39-46 Joseph was 30 when he was given the position of leadership in Egypt. For 13 long years he suffered while learning to be a leader. He had the vision much earlier, but God chose to wait to fulfill the vision. God forged Joseph into a leader in the furnace fires of adversity. In the end the trial by fire produced a solid gold leader because he kept his eyes fixed on God.
Wrapping it up
What do we learn about leadership from the story of Joseph?
Leaders are not produced instantly, they are grown slowly.
Are you looking at your circumstances as leader training?
Are you cooperating with what God is taking you through, or fighting against it?
“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28