Joseph had a dream. Then he had another dream confirming the first one. It was pretty easy to imagine these dreams coming to pass. After all, he was the favorite son of an incredibly rich and powerful man... the most rich and powerful man in all the land.
Abruptly, he was stripped of his "glory" by his brothers and cast into a pit until he was sold into slavery. This is not exactly the typical path to power, is it.
There were moments when things were looking up. Although he was still a slave, he gained a position of power in the home of a prestigious Egyptian. This position was stripped from him and he was thrown into prison for doing the right thing. He resisted temptation. Those who believe that bad things only happen to people due to sin need to remember what happened to Joseph when he resisted sin. He went to prison.
Once again, he rose to a position of authority amongst the prisoners and was looked upon with favor by the warden of the prison. He interpreted a couple of dreams and begged Pharaoh's butler to remember him and plead his case to Pharaoh when he was released in a few days.The butler agreed but then promptly forgot in his joy over his release. Joseph remained in prison. This wasn't the way it was supposed to happen... or was it?
At the right time, God fulfilled what He had promised Joseph so long ago. There were lessons Joseph needed to learn, places he needed to go and experiences he needed to have so that he could step into the position God wanted him to be in. God does the same with us.
The cry of God is the same as what it was to Adam and Eve, to Noah, to Abraham and Sarah. It is the same cry Moses heard as well as Joshua, Gideon, David, Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego and Daniel. Elijah and Jeremiah heard this cry as did Peter, the rest of the disciples and Paul. It is a cry that has come down to us through the ages, "Will you trust me?" How will we respond?