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Bitterness Disrupts Destiny
By Kay Taiwo, BSc., DPh.






Bitterness always results in self-inflicted wounds. 

 


Joseph had many opportunities to be bitter: his brothers, Potiphar's wife, and
then Pharaoh's cupbearer (who forgot Joseph in prison for two years after a
favorable interpretation of the cupbearer’s dream was rendered by Joseph).

Right after the interpretation of the cupbearer’s dream, Joseph expressed 
his desire to leave prison:

Genesis 40: 14-15 (KJV):
                 "But think on me when it shall be well with thee, and shew kindness, 
I pray thee, unto me, and make mention of me unto Pharaoh, and bring
me out of this house:


"For indeed I was stolen away out of the land of the Hebrews:
and here
also have I done nothing that they should put me into the dungeon."
 

It is very clear that a serious misdeed was done to Joseph. He obviously did not see a prison or any detour for that matter in his dreams. Yet God was totally in control as long as Joseph did not 'get in the way' by becoming bitter.

Joseph's future stayed intact because he did not allow bitterness to encage him. The only thing that would
have confined him would be to entertain bitterness.
Like a friend recently stated, “Forgiveness is for matured minds not for babies.” Joseph was greatly used
by God because he was mature. His response later proved it. Now at an elevated position, Joseph said to his brothers [who earlier in his life didn’t think much of him or his dreams]:
 

"But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth
and to save your lives by a great deliverance." (Genesis 45:7 NIV)  
Isn't this remarkable? It certainly takes a certain degree of maturity to have this kind of perspective.  
And to have this kind of perspective means that there is a greater degree or dimension that we can be used by God.
Bitterness is a destiny killer. It thwarts the plan of God. 
Hurt people 'hurt' other people...but ultimately hurt themselves and their God-given purpose.


"No precious jewels or earthly treasures are worthy to be compared with true wisdom, whether
the concerns of time or eternity be considered. We must make wisdom our business;
we must venture
all in it, and be willing to part with all for it. " ~ Matthew Henry




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