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!