We’re all familiar with Joseph’s experience. His brothers had sold him to a caravan going to Egypt, and then he was sold to Potiphar the captain of Pharaoh’s guard. While in service for Potiphar, his master’s wife tried to seduce him, and Joseph ran from her. She lied to her husband about what had happened and Joseph was put into prison. While he is in prison Joseph interpreted the dreams of Pharaoh’s butler and cook. The cook lost his life, but the butler was restored back to his position just as Joseph had said would happen when he interpreted their dreams. Some time later Pharaoh has a dream and the butler recalls Joseph. Pharaoh calls Joseph and Joseph interprets his dream for him. It is then that Joseph became the Prime Minister of Egypt.
Any person who had Joseph’s experience could have dwelt in misery. Joseph knew that God gave his dreams as a boy to him. He knew that God orchestrated the bad experiences he was going through. This courageous young man was aware that the devil was attempting to discourage him and get him away from fulfilling God’s will in his life. You never read any account of Joseph becoming discouraged. Joseph continued to let the devil know that he was on the winning side and no matter how rough things got, he still had another dance left in him. His eyes were on the promise of God, not on his circumstances.
Dancing during your life struggles is encouraged in the Bible. 2 Chron. 20 tells the story of King Jehoshaphat when the enemy came against him and Judah. God told them to go out before the enemy worshipping the Lord. When they did this God brought victory to Judah by setting ambushments against their enemy. 2 Chron 20:27 says, “Then they returned, every man of Judah and Jerusalem, and Jehoshaphat in the forefront of them, to go again to Jerusalem with joy; for the LORD had made them to rejoice over their enemies. KJV
Too often our circumstances bind us up. We allow them to hinder our praise and the release of our frustrations to God. We allow the devil to put us down, and knock us out. Ecclesiastes 3:4 says there’s a time to dance. Ps. 149:3 and 150:4 says to praise God in the dance. 2 Sam. 16:6 David danced before the presence of the Lord. Jeremiah 31:13 says, “Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, both young men and old together: for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow.” Ps 30:11 says, “Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness;” and Ps 30:5, “weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”
We need to dance before victory arrives. Too often we wait for the celebration until God has brought victory to us. The victory is a settled issue. God will do it, so celebrate and dance instead of suffering in misery. Let the devil know he will not win. He may put you down, but you’re not out!
The question is this; are you ready to leave your prison cell? Some people don’t leave their prison because they like it. They love to complain about their boss, their job, their finances, their in-laws, their spouse, etc. How long will you remain in your prison? God has opened the prison doors for us and you do not have to remain! The choice is yours to stay, or to be set free. If you want to be free, how long are you going to stay where you are? Don’t let the devil put you down for the final count. The party’s not over! Tell the devil, “Don’t stop the music yet, I’ve got another dance left in me.” You may think you have me where you want me, but hold on, I’m a child of the King. He never forgets where I am and he will deliver me. Turn up the music; I’ve got another dance left. Something tells me that if I dance again, I shall arise!!!
You are set free. So shout! Dance! Rejoice in the Lord!