The Ultimate Suddenly Story

“Listen to this dream,” he said. “We were out in the field, tying up bundles of grain. Suddenly my bundle stood up, and your bundles all gathered around and bowed low before mine!” (Gen. 37:6-7, NLT)

Joseph was holding onto the promise. God had revealed the purpose of his life to him. He was destined for greatness!

Angry voices. Scuffling. Joseph found himself at the bottom of a very deep hole. “Ruben! Levi! Judah! Please! Please take me out of here!” His only answer was arrogant laughter.


Joseph was holding onto the promise.

Unkind hands pulling him out of the pit. Foreign accents negotiating with his brothers – over the sale of his very life! Rough ropes cut into his skin as they bound his hands behind his back. Tears coursed down his face as they roughly led him away.

Joseph was holding onto the promise.

Years in slavery dragged by. The young man ached for his home, for familiar surroundings, for friendly faces, for his family. For belonging. He spent many lonely nights weeping into his pillow.

Joseph was holding onto the promise.

Another blow. Having lived blamelessly, holding fiercely onto his integrity, he was falsely accused of exactly the opposite. Maligned. Shamed. Frustration, disappointment, pain were etched on his face as the guards dragged him into the dark, filthy prison cell.

Joseph was holding onto the promise.

His gifting had begun to blossom. He interpreted the cup-bearer’s dream with precision and accuracy. Hope seemed to shoot a ray of light into the dungeon. Would the cup-bearer remember to champion his cause? Yet again, glad anticipation eroded away as days once more crawled on into weeks and then months and years.

Joseph was still holding onto the promise.

And then finally, in one overwhelming, glorious, magnificent SUDDENLY, Joseph became ruler over an entire nation!

Friend, do you feel like your hope has been deferred over and over and over and over again? Holy Spirit wants to encourage you today with this: suddenlies are for real. Hold onto the promise!


Do you have a suddenly story to tell? Please share it with us in the comments!

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