Scripture Reading: Genesis 40:1-41:40 / Matthew 14:1-21 / Proverbs 2:12-22
Have you ever been forgotten? There have been parents who have left a child behind thinking the child was with them. I know of parents who have left a child at a rest stop, school and a friend’s house. In my years of pastoring, I’ve even had to telephone a few parents and tell them they left their child at the church. All of these incidents had happy endings and created some memorable stories.
Joseph had very unusual and adventuresome life where he was despised, sold into slavery, imprisoned and forgotten. While Joseph was in prison, Pharaoh became angry with his chief cupbearer and chief baker, throwing them into prison. Through the course of time, both chief officials had dreams on the same night and Joseph saw their alarmed and confused disposition the following morning. Joseph asked them why they were so sad and he discovered they had dreams but did not know the interpretation of their dreams.
Joseph knew that God was the giver of dreams and asked, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell me your dreams.” (Genesis 40:8) The dreams would be interpreted; Joseph was assured God would give him the meaning to the dreams. He knew the wisdom and insight of man could not unlock the secret of the dreams, only God could.
As the cupbearer shared his dream, God opened the eyes and understanding of Joseph. He confidently shared the positive and favorable interpretation with the cupbearer. Within three days, the official would be restored into the King’s service.
Joseph made a simple request, “But when all goes well with you, remember me and show me kindness; mention me to Pharaoh and get me out of this prison. (vs.14) After three days, the cupbearer was again placed into the King’s service but sadly, “The chief cupbearer, however, did not remember Joseph; he forgot him.” (vs.23)
Man forgot Joseph but God did not forget him. Through all the setbacks and injustices of life, Joseph had confidence in God’s faithfulness. Even though Joseph found himself in an Egyptian prison, he knew God had not forsaken or forgotten him. He had an assurance that God was not only present but He was instrumental in directing his every step.
A full two years passed until the cupbearer remembered Joseph. God had another mission and opportunity for Joseph. This one would bring him into the court of Pharaoh where God would use Joseph and exalt him to a position in Egypt second only to the King. God does not forget us and will be faithful to the promises he speaks over our lives. Like Joseph, we must be ever trusting and patient wherever we find ourselves in life. He is a faithful, loving and miraculous God…”being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6)