Joseph is in prison; We all have cup-bearers in our lives
Genesis 40:23 “The chief cupbearer, however, did not remember Joseph; he forgot him.”
Here Joseph is in prison.
Joseph was put in prison for a crime he didn’t commit and was left there for 10 years.
This is horribly unfair and cruel to Joseph.
After all, he had nothing wrong in this part of the story.
In this chapter, two other men are thrown into the same prison as Joseph was;the cupbearer and the baker in Pharaoh’s government.
Then one night, both men had a dream. By God’s help Joseph interpreted their dreams.
And then, Joseph asks a favor from his new friend saying, “When all goes well with you, remember me and show me kindness, mention me to Pharaoh and get me out of this prison.”
We all have cup-bearers in our lives.
Friends will abandon us, family will let us down and people will persecute us for all sorts of reasons.
Here Joseph might have felt that, not just the cupbearer, but God had forgotten him too.
Joseph went from high hopes to no hope‑‑but God alone.
God uses disappointments to bring His servants to the place where their only hope is in Him.
Do we sometimes feel forgotten by God in the face of the brokenness of our world?
Some of us are in the middle of some difficult disappointments.
May be it is a very serious situation that hasn’t turned out as we wanted it to.
May be we had high hopes, but now we have no hope.
God has promised us: “Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5; Deuteronomy 31:6).
He assures us that he will never forget us: “I will not forget you” (Isaiah 49:15)!
Yes!!!!! Hope in God, He will continue to be with us and bless us.
Jooley Mathew Z