Genesis 40:1-3,12-14,18-19,21-23 Then it came about after these things, the cupbearer and the baker for the king of Egypt offended their lord, the king of Egypt. Pharaoh was furious with his two officials, the chief cupbearer and the chief baker. So he put them in confinement in the house of the captain of the bodyguard, in the jail, the same place where Joseph was imprisoned… Then Joseph said to him, “This is the interpretation of it: the three branches are three days; within three more days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your office; and you will put Pharaoh’s cup into his hand according to your former custom when you were his cupbearer. “Only keep me in mind when it goes well with you, and please do me a kindness by mentioning me to Pharaoh and get me out of this house… Then Joseph answered and said, “This is its interpretation: the three baskets are three days; within three more days Pharaoh will lift up your head from you and will hang you on a tree, and the birds will eat your flesh off you.”… He restored the chief cupbearer to his office, and he put the cup into Pharaoh’s hand; but he hanged the chief baker, just as Joseph had interpreted to them. Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.

Another story that captures our imagination with wonder about Joseph for he is shown to have the awesome ability to read one’s dreams!

Joseph is quite the man because we have find him faithful, God-fearing, honest, pure at heart, sincere worker and now gifted too.

For a man with such great qualities, what joy was there for him to serve God when injustice was being served?

The placement of the two officials in the jailhouse where Joseph was seems like a coincidence but turns out it is not.

Looking at the big picture thousands of years later, it is easy for us to note that this was not a coincidence because of how God turns the situation for Joseph’s benefit and His own glory.

Joseph’s troubles were far from over at this point for even though he was given the responsibility over the prisoners, he still was one himself and still carried the false accusation of Potiphar’s wife.

However, we see how sincerely he went about his work and when the opportunity presented itself, he used it to glorify God by suggesting to the officials that the interpretation of their dreams belonged to God.

Furthermore, under God’s direction, he went about interpreting their dreams and requested the chief cupbearer to put in a good word for him.

When we are faced with challenges in our life, we need to remember that as children of the living God, we are in God’s hands and He will never leave us nor forsake us.

God is sovereign over everything and nothing happens outside His will or power. Our responsibility is to remain faithful and to glorify Him with our entire being.

Joseph was a living testimony of God’s goodness and love in the dark annals of the prison and his faith touched many whom otherwise would not be exposed to the true living God.

Are you living out your faith or are circumstances dictating your life? Is God in control of your life or are you holding the reins and directing your life in darkness?

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Psalm 25:10 All the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.

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Comments
  1. Debbie says:

    Thank you so much for encouraging us to glorify Him right now, right where we are at, and not wait until we are out from under whatever we are experiencing. This is a real key for me! It changes my whole attitude from one of victim to one of being so blessed and covered by Him. The hard situation becomes a place of rest in Him, relying on Him and He gets the glory for that! 🙂 God bless you and your ever desire to see Christ glorified!

    • ServantBoy says:

      Hi Deb,

      Thank you for your comment. I love what you said, ‘The hard situation becomes a place of rest in Him, relying on Him and He gets the glory for that!’. Each of us certainly have our crosses to bear and we often think why me but it’s when I see the weight of other’s crosses that I praise God and thank Him for keeping mine light.

      I’m surrounded by new immigrants like me and I feel I am called to minister to them. It is easy to tell someone I’m praying for you but it is hard to stand with them and carry their burden. This ministry helps me appreciate God for what He is able to do regardless of our circumstances and also takes me away from complaining about how difficult my life is.

      Praying for and with you that God would give you the grace to cope and the joy to praise His name regardless of how uphill your journey is.

      In Christ,
      Vineet

  2. Vineet, I love the story of Joseph and how he stands firm in his faith in God despite his circumstances, and sees how God used those circumstances for good. I love what he says to his brothers, “What Satan meant for evil, God has used for good.” Peace, Linda

    • ServantBoy says:

      Hi Linda,

      Yes, Joseph’s testimony speaks volumes to us as fellow citizens of God’s kingdom and helps us reflect on what we lack and what to aspire to in our faith walk. Jesus is my greatest role model and just knowing that He has breathed His spirit into us (Gen. 2:7, John 20:21-22) gives me peace and hope for tomorrow because we are not in this alone and His own spirit ministers and directs us to Him. I just pray that we stay faithful and are always open-eared to His gentle but sure voice.

      In Christ,
      Vineet

  3. Ann says:

    Your post reminds me of this note I saw somewhere …”I’m not waiting till the storm is over – I’ll be dancing in the rain.”

    “God is sovereign over everything and nothing happens outside His will or power. Our responsibility is to remain faithful and to glorify Him with our entire being.”

    I’m learning to dance in the rain. It’s a tricky balancing act but when things are put in perspective, it makes all the difference. As Israel Haughton says “Say what you hear till you see what you say”. I’m very much a work-in-progress learning to dance in the rain!

    Blessings, Vineet
    ann

    • ServantBoy says:

      Hi Ann,

      I live in Raincouver 😉 and dancing in the rain is just life as usual for us 😀

      On a more serious note, yes, you make perfect sense when you say that we need to learn to dance in the rain even before the storm is over. That truly is our calling!

      Praying for you as you continue to point the world to Jesus.

      In Christ,
      Vineet

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