Joseph was thirty years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from Pharaoh’s presence and traveled throughout Egypt.
(Genesis 41:46 NIV)
As a teenager, young Joseph had dreams of becoming someone great. However, it took many years and hardships for those dreams to become a reality. As today’s Scripture makes clear, he was thirty years old when he became Governor of Egypt. We find a similar pattern in the story of one of the greatest kings in Jewish history as well. David was anointed king when he was a teenager, but didn’t begin to reign until he was thirty. Joseph’s story and that of David (and of many other Bible heroes) got me thinking about how God allows us to climb the ladder of success gradually and not rapidly, as we sometimes like to do. How absurd it is to think that we can climb faster than those whom God called before us. I’m still climbing one step at a time and I’ve learned that it’s okay because God is using every step for my good and His glory.
Ladders come with steps. Take one at a time.