Anyone who grew up in Africa wouldn’t be surprised if I say that the telephone used to be a luxury until modern times. In my era as a teenager, some of us never handled a telephone receiver except when we saw them in phone boots. After many decades of most nations embracing mobile phone technologies, my country decided to go with the flow; it was a huge relief that finally, we were following the trend in telecommunication technology. I must confess that the first time I used a mobile phone, I was dazed by the awesome technology behind it. As I borrowed a classmate’s mobile phone to make a call, I kept wondering how radio waves send signals into little boxes called handsets.
Civilization has brought so much to our generation. Civilization has changed our entire systems. Civilization has re-patterned the way we do things. When some people born in modern times crave for olden days, I feel they’re just being ignorant of the knowledge and wisdom behind times and seasons. If a person meant to be born in this generation was born in any of the past generations, that person would have been a complete waste to that generation. I love the way King Solomon addressed the issue of ‘TIME’ in his Ecclesiastical writing; he said, “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die.”
Everyone born into a generation has enough civilizations to fulfill the dreams and purposes of his birth. Everyone born into a particular time and season was meant to be born in that particular time and season to fulfill a specific dream and purpose. No matter how backward a season or timing may be perceived, there are sufficient resources and civilizations to actualize a person’s divine call on earth. If a person’s birth is rewound, there won’t be enough provision to make a vision of the man of today manifest. If a person’s birth is fast forwarded, there will be too much resources beyond what is required to make a person’s vision manifest; fast forwarding civilization aborts destiny actualization. In our present generation, there are governments and private institutions who want to fast forward civilization, and as a result, most young people miss their divine purposes on earth. When man wants to run faster than God, he makes errors that give him false impression that he’s on the right track. Any generation that takes God out of the equation of civilization tends to fast forward it; taking God out of the equation spells doom for any generation.
“Come and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and let not our hand be upon him, for he is our brother and our flesh.” And his brothers listened. Then Midianite traders passed by; so the brothers pulled Joseph up and lifted him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekelsof silver. And they took Joseph to Egypt.” – (Genesis 37:27-28)
Using the life of Joseph the Dreamer as a case study; if Joseph were to live in our present generation, his destiny, purpose, and calling to preserve lives would have been scuffled. In his time, his brothers used their limited understanding to try hampering his divine purpose. Their main strategy was to kill him, because when a man dies, his dreams also die with him. An unfulfilled dream that is undocumented dies completely. Death kills undocumented dreams; death kills dreams that are not passed on in form of seeds through genealogical descents. So, Joseph’s brothers knew he had no children and no education; so there was no documentation and genealogy. Through Divine intervention, Joseph was sold as a slave rather than being killed. People with divine purpose should realize that it is not every slavery that is gravely; some problems are meant to direct us to our places of purpose.
Where does civilization come in, in the case of Joseph? Egypt was the most civilized nation in ancient times. They had the best technological advancements and legal system in their time. But in spite of the great legal system, slavery was lawful! How would an unknown Hebrew boy find his way to Pharaoh’s palace, if it had not been for slavery? How would an unknown young man from a tribe with very few ancestors stand before Pharaoh to interpret his dream if it had not been for slavery? General Potiphar would have been jailed in our present civilization if he had bought a slave. General Potiphar would have been shamed, disgraced and fired, if he had bought a slave in our modern civilization. For every generation, there is a level of civilization divinely allowed to lead and make a person fulfill his divine purpose. If you make excuses about insufficiency, you are probably not seeing what has been provided for you to fulfill your purpose of creation.
“So they took Joseph’s tunic, killed a kid of the goats, and dipped the tunic in the blood. Then they sent the tunic of many colors, and they brought it to their father and said, “We have found this. Do you know whether it is your son’s tunic or not?” – (Genesis 37:31-32)
Still using Joseph as a case study, his brothers killed a goat, and used its blood to stain his clothes. The present civilization would have detected through the process of forensic science that it was the blood of a goat. The present civilization would have discovered the trick that the blood from Joseph’s clothes was from an animal; DNA test should have unveiled the secret. If the secret was unveiled, Joseph would have been found. If the secret was unveiled, the Police, Interpol, and Secret Agents would have traced Joseph to Egypt; he would have been brought back home. Bringing him back home would have punctuated his divine purpose because the truth is; purposes are never fulfilled at home. Purposes are fulfilled in the field; purposes are fulfilled where mere people perceive to be danger zones.
Never wish you lived in the past; you’re born to make a difference today. Never wish you were born in the future; your being alive today is meant to satisfy a need today. Never think you don’t have enough resources to fulfill your purpose today; every prison you step into is only a gateway to the palace connected to your divine purpose. Life may appear fiery at first, but those who walk in their divine callings end up in palaces. Life may appear obnoxious, but those who hold on to their divine mandates preserve the lives of people on earth. You have a purpose; you have a divine purpose. Get up, discover it, and walk in it. You were born to meet a need; meet it now. You were born to answer a question; start providing the solution now. All the resources you need to meet the need of your visions, dreams, destiny, and divine purpose are at your disposal. They may not appear like resources, but they are. In that situation you call ugly, is something that brings beauty. On that road that looks like death is a pathway that leads to vision actualization. There are enough civilizations in your generation to cause your purpose actualization!