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Biblical Examples of Leadership: Joseph.

  
  
  

In the book of Genesis we meet Joseph. Leadership, Kay Arthur, Precept Ministries, Bible study

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.

Application

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

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Comments

God has me hearing about Joseph this month so the timing of this post is no coincidence. Lord - I'm listening. 
Posted @ Saturday, September 07, 2013 8:19 AM by Debbie Hixon
Thanks for posting this. Been reading RELENTLESS, by John Bevere. 
One of his chapters is just the same as you shared here.  
God bless, 
Linda
Posted @ Saturday, September 07, 2013 9:48 PM by Linda Basta
I've benefitted by Joseph's life for many years now. What a wonderful account of someone who had God's blessing, yet didn't see it fulfilled until much later in his life. Just proves if you trust the Lord, He will make you into the man/woman He wants you to be. Stay focused and lean on Him!
Posted @ Saturday, September 07, 2013 11:24 PM by Justine Standifer
I want to say it was God who enabled me to open this web posting. It came at a time I am encouraging my young men in the church that I planted 5yrs ago in an area where young people don't go to church for various reasons. My major focus is on this young men and am mentoring them for leadership in a society that is negative to their calling. Thank you for this post. Julian 
Posted @ Tuesday, November 05, 2013 2:30 AM by Julian Angolo Orimbo
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