Fear of the Past and the Uncertainty of the Future
When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “Perhaps Joseph will hate us, and may actually repay us for all the evil which we did to him.” 16 So they sent messengers to Joseph, saying, “Before your father died he commanded, saying, 17 ‘Thus you shall say to Joseph: “I beg you, please forgive the trespass of your brothers and their sin; for they did evil to you.”‘ Now, please, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of your father.” And Joseph wept when they spoke to him. 18 Then his brothers also went and fell down before his face, and they said, “Behold, we are your servants.” 19 Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God? 20 But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. 21 Now therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones.” And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them. Genesis 50:15-21 NKJV
Like Joseph’s brothers, never allow your fear of the past or the uncertainty of your future to cause you to think that nothing is happening or that bad things will happen. Joseph’s brother, without question trespassed against him and perpetrated a great evil against him; notwithstanding, Joseph now exalted to the throne of Egypt—a type of Jesus Christ—was grieved when he heard the Messengers plea for the life of his brothers. He wept the same way Jesus weeps when we do not understand how loving and kind, gracious and forgiving He is (Rom. 5:8; 2 Cor. 5:19). Whatever the promise, the vision, or dream, your harvest is so now—not in the past or the future.
If you find yourself struggling, feeling like you’re in a spiritual pit, forsaken, bound and oppressed, never think that nothing is happening. Your harvest is so now! Perhaps God is just refining you like He did Joseph (Gen. 37-50). Do what father Abraham did. When he was believing God to see his harvest, he rejoiced and he was glad (John 8:56-58). You need to rejoice so that you might see your harvest.
Harvest is to know the name of God. God told Moses that His name is: “I Am” (Ex. 3:11-14). When you find yourself between the fears of the past and the uncertainty of the future, remember God’s name “I Am.” “I Am” is the One who exists; the eternal One who passes not away; and, as the Moffat translation of the Bible says, “I will Be what I will Be.” “I Am” also revealed Himself to both Abram, Isaac, and Jacob as El Shaddai (Gen. 17:1; 28:3; 35:11). El Shaddai means the full breasted One who nourishes, the all sufficient One, the all-powerful One. Joseph had to know God by the same name as God previously revealed to his father Jacob. We too, as believers, are called by God’s name (2 Chron. 7:14). “I Am” and El Shaddai is God—one of the same—whose name reveals harvest whenever you’re between the fears of the past and the uncertainty of the future. So, never allow fear and uncertainty to cause you to use God’s name in vain (Ex. 20:7). Never say anything about I Am that is not true, e.g., “I am sick, I am dumb, I am weak, etc.” Stir up your faith by thinking and feeling “I Am” and see your harvest is so now (Joel 3:10). Act as though it is so and stop fearing the past and the uncertainty of the future and see harvest.