Sermon outline: This is an abbreviated outline with the complete sermon downloadable at the bottom of the post.
Text: Isaiah 30:18
Title: When Dreams Come True
Introduction: Why had God waited so long? In part, we can say, “Only God knows.” Yet, God does give us some insight into why He waits.
Joseph had been forgotten by his brothers, by Potiphar, by the butler, and apparently by all—but not by God. God had simply been waiting, with purpose, for His perfect time.
Could Joseph have ever suspected as he pillowed his head that night that, in some plush, regal palace, the Pharaoh was dreaming a pair of dreams that would change Joseph’s future, end his suffering, and begin his exaltation?
Let’s review what happened in his life:
- Joseph had a dream that God was going to use him as a leader (Genesis 37:1-11).
- Joseph’s brothers hated him, threw him in a pit, and sold him as a slave (Genesis 37:12-36).
- As a slave, he was accused of attempting to seduce Potiphar’s wife and ended up in prison, (Genesis 39:1-20).
Now, the years of adversity were finished, and the years of advancement had come.
I. The Providential Ways of God
II. The Perfect Wisdom of God
III. The Plain Will of God
Conclusion: God had now brought Joseph to the point where adversity would not stumble him, and advancement would not spoil him.
Yes, God had waited, but not in vain.
And therefore will the LORD wait, that he may be gracious unto you… blessed are all they that wait for him.