Well, everything begins changing for Joseph at this point. He has been a slave in his master’s house. Then he was put into prison for a crime he didn’t commit, he remained faithful and did an amazing job while being a prisoner. He worked for the chief of the prison and helped out those who were placed there. Even then he was ignored and forgotten. It has been two years since he helped out the chief cup-bearer and chief baker through their dream interpretations. Now everything changes rather quickly.
Pharaoh has a pair of bad dreams, and no one can tell him what they mean. Finally the cup-bearer comes forward and says, “there was this young Hebrew man who told me my dream.” So Pharaoh sends for him and Joseph tells him that the interpretations come from the God who gave him the dreams, so tell them to Joseph and he will see what he can tell him. All that hard work and faithfulness pays off, God answers, and Joseph is about to have a life change.
How long are we willing to wait for God? Do we get frustrated and just give up when things just don’t go our way? Do we feel abandoned when instead of blessing us, it seems like God just puts us through more and more trials? Do we feel like it doesn’t really matter whether we do the right thing or not because either way we are getting screwed? Just because it takes time for the seed to grow, sprout, bud, flower, and come to fruition doesn’t mean that God doesn’t have a plan for us. It just means, that His timing is much different from ours.
The fruition of his faithfulness, hard work, and honesty in the face of great trials leads him to this very moment and time… and what happens in the second half of this chapter; tomorrow.
Here we go again. Joseph is still in his bind. He still doesn’t know what he’s doing there or why. He’s still a prisoner, working as a servant to the chief prison guard. He continues to obey God and not get angry and reject the right thing because of his situation that is out of his control. He doesn’t like being in this situation. He knows it’s not his fault, but he also knows that it’s not right and wants out.
So, what’s a young man to do? He does his job faithfully. He works hard. He cares for those he is responsible for. As a result, God blesses him and his master trusts and relies on him. He continues to work, grow, and excel, and God continues to prepare him.
So one day in doing his duty, he sees two under his care in confinement that appear visibly disturbed. So he tries to reconcile the problem. First off, why should anyone care about how two lowly prisoners feel? Isn’t prison supposed to be miserable? …especially confinement? Isn’t the point to make it so that people don’t WANT to be there? Yet here Joseph is, treating these prisoners like they are children under his care.
In probing he finds out that they both had unusual dreams that are bothering them. So Joseph, being the man that he is, tells them, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell it to me, please.” He then proceeds to listen and explain their dreams to them. He tells the cup-bearer that in three days he will be back at his old post, and he asks him to remember him in prison because he has been imprisoned unjustly. He tells the baker that within three days he will be hung up by his neck and the birds would eat his flesh. He does NOT ask the baker to remember him in his situation when he meets with Pharaoh.
So, their dreams are fulfilled, and as soon as the cup-bearer is back in his position, he immediately proceeds to forget about Joseph entirely. Isn’t that the way it seems to be sometimes? I can definitely feel for Joseph in this situation. I’ve never been imprisoned on false charges. I’ve never been sold into slavery. But, I have been in situations where it seems like it doesn’t matter that i’m doing the right thing. It seems like no matter what i do, my situation keeps getting worse and worse. It seems like even when i try to get out of the situation, i just keep getting more and more stuck and people just forget me.
But you know what? That doesn’t matter. God knows what He is doing. Even when we feel like He has forgotten about us, He hasn’t. Even when we feel like there is no hope, God is in control. He brings us through when we least expect it. It’s not about us, it’s about Him.