Day 15: When

Two years later…  Genesis 41:1

Joseph, through the wisdom God granted him, interpreted the dreams of the chief cupbearer and chief baker successfully.  He tells the cupbearer, “But when all goes well for you, remember that I was with you.  Please show kindness to me by mentioning me to Pharaoh, and get me out of this prison” (Genesis 40:14).  But the cupbearer forgot and it was two years later when he finally remembered Joseph (Genesis 41:9-13). 

Do you ever feel like Joseph in a waiting time in your life?  That you have been forgotten?  Maybe by God, by a spouse or by a friend?  We can find ourselves in holding times with the Lord just like Joseph was.  It is so easy to read these stories and not think of them as real people with real feelings.  These are the heros of the Bible, look what they did!  But, they were everyday people just like us who God called out to set apart.  Joseph felt the pain of waiting on God to bring justice to an unjust situation.  Joseph had to trust God when his situation as anything less than ideal and he didn’t know what was going to happen to his life.  Through it all God never forgot Joseph and the situation he was in and He doesn’t forget us either.  He sees the struggles, he sees the challenges.  He knows our hearts cry, “When God?  When will my husband be saved?  When will my children walk wholeheartedly obeying and serving you?  When will my husband step up and be the spiritual leader and lead me and our children?  When God will you bring me answers to my health?  When God will you heal these broken family relationships?  When God, when will you do _________?”

In God’s sovereignty He knows the answers to the when questions we all have and that we carry on our hearts.  The cupbearer remembered Joseph at just the right time and it lead to great victory and redemption in his life.  The times we wait on the Lord to answer those when questions can seem just as much like a prison that Joseph was in, but they don’t have to be.  If we are faithful, God will reward.  If we work on ourselves and keep our attitude right before God, the blessings that God will bestow are more than we can imagine.  We all will encounter those famines and those waiting periods in our lives.  The question is will we wait on the Lord, trust Him and store up His Word in our hearts?  Will we be faithful to Him even when we are waiting?  Or will we be resentful, bitter and let the famine cause us to doubt God and let our souls die of extreme hunger? 

Joseph was rewarded for his faithfulness and the names of his sons shows that he was trusting God’s plan all along. 

Manaseh- “God has made me forget all my hardship in my father’s house.”

Ephraim- “God has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction.” 

When God?  Trust Him and it will be revealed! 


5 thoughts on “Day 15: When

  1. When? This post was wonderful. How often do I use the word “when”? The old adage…’The patience of Job’. That is what I pray for each of us as we embark on another week, that we have the faith and patience to wait for God’s timing in our lives. He always provides, in His time. Thank you for the reminder, Brandee.Mary Ann

  2. Thank goodness that patience is a fruit from the Spirit. If we had to depend upon ourselves to wait on God…we’d all fail miserably. But God….he provides the situation and yet when it requres us to wait; He also provides the ability to do so. He is a great God.G&P….I was happy to see Job restored today too. And also found it interesting that God required Job to intercede in prayer for his know it all friends….I bet they were humbled! Morgen

  3. Brandee, loved what you said: “The question is will we wait on the Lord, trust Him and store up His Word in our hearts?” It always does get back to the sovereignty of God, like you said. And, many times it is during these times that the gospel is spread in ways we’d never fathom. It is during these times of “wait” that we learn to embrace God. We hear His heart beat and we come to know our purpose: furthering Hid glorious kingdom. We come to find out: truly He is our only hope.Hugs, Lori

  4. (Repost – January 15, 2012)Ah, Brandee. You hit the nail on the head. Most of the questions I ask in my heart start with “when?” Always have to remind myself, God knows all. His timing is best.The story of Joseph and that of Job were linked together today. Job’s suffering ended after 41 chapters. God waited until everyone finished talking. He asked Job to intercede for his friends. it must have been difficult for Job to do so with a clean unresentful heart. Goodness knows if someone said lies about me, the last thing I want to do is pray for them (or if I do pray, it certainly is not to bless them). But after Job realized how small he is compared to God, and how God extended mercy to him, Job had no choice but extend the same mercy to others. My ESV bible says Job received comfort not from his friends but primarily thru his matured relationship with the Lord. Then he was restored.Praying for restoration today.

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