Jacob had shown his preference for Joseph, as exemplified by the coat of many colours he gave to Joseph. This, together with reporting the evil of his siblings, caused Joseph to be hated by his brothers.
When Joseph dreamt of the beautiful things that God was to do with him, he could not contain his joy but quickly ran to share the dreams with the same people that hated him, triggering more intense hatred. The Bible records that they hated him yet more after each episode, but this glaring display of hate did not deter him from sharing the next one that came.
We must be careful whom we share our dreams with. Sometimes, out of excitement about what we have seen or the idea that we conceived, we have told our vision to people who are antagonists. And some of these dream killers could be close to us that we let down our guards around them.
When, out of ignorance, we share our visions with the wrong people, there is a risk of aborting what has been conceived. Many dreams and prophecies die at this stage because of this reason. The brothers of Joseph could have killed him, and his dreams would not have seen the light of day.
And know this: the death of Joseph would not have stopped the plan of God for Israel. Abraham’s generation would have still gone into a foreign land and come out a great people, just that God would have to find someone else to take the place of Joseph.
What you have received from God can be likened to an ovum released from the female reproductive organ, the ovary. Fertilisation has not occurred yet – the male sex hormone still needs to act on it to help it rise to a foetus. And this happens after you have made the dreams yours, not at the excitement stage.
Reflection: who have you shared those precious dreams with? Telling the wrong people could attract unnecessary wars and distractions that may delay you or outrightly abort the vision. Be careful who you tell your dreams to.
However, you may have ignorantly triggered hate from people who would go to any length to abort your dreams, but do not worry. God will turn the mistakes around for your acceleration. Just as the hatred of the brothers of Joseph could not stop Joseph, their hate will not stop God from taking you to your expected end.