“Then the butler and baker of the king of Egypt, who were confined to the prison, dreamed a dream, both of them…” Gen.40:5a
“And they said to him, ‘We each have dreamed a dream, and there is no interpreter of it.’ And Joseph said to them, ‘Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell them to me please.’” Gen.40:8
I can’t help but think that Joseph must have been beside himself with excitement when the butler and baker revealed that they each had dreams they didn’t understand. I wonder if he thought to himself, Yes! God’s finally using me again.
To be able to interpret dreams again must have felt, in some ways, not only familiar, but a relief in a sense. The last time he interpreted a dream, he had shared his knowledge over-zealously with his brothers ~ and look where it got him. Now, God was giving him an another opportunity and he wouldn’t make the same mistake again. He would give God credit for the revealing of the dreams and that would be the key to his release from prison.
After telling the chief butler the meaning of his dream, Joseph asks him to “make mention of me” to Pharaoh in order to “get me out of this house.” Perhaps for the sake of emphasis, he goes on to tell the butler his unfortunate story.
Sounds to me like he was trying to “help God along”…just a little bit. I . can. so. relate. Can you?
God spoke the moon and sun and stars into existence, then arranged them in space. Not yesterday, but millions of years ago. Without any help from mankind. You would think we could trust Him to arrange the “lesser details” of our lives.
“For indeed I was stolen away from the land of the Hebrews; and also I have done nothing here that they should put me into the dungeon.” Gen.40:15
Be honest. How many times have you been given an opportunity, that for all the world, looked like it was the answer to all of your problems? Or at the very least, with just a wee bit of pushing, or controlling or “help” from someone, would move you on, or out, or past those b-l-e-s-s-e-d in-between seasons you were sure must be coming to an end.
Have you ever experienced that sense of relief that comes near the end of a trial and thought, Okay. Whew! I made it. We made it God. Man, have I learned a lot! But I’ve got to be honest with you Lord. I’m glad it’s over…except…then it wasn’t really over? Yeah. That.
That’s when Galatians 6:9 takes on a whole new meaning… “Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.”
God planted Joseph exactly where he wanted him. And no amount of favors or schmoozing or name dropping was going to “help” Joseph out of his situation.
God is our help.
It’s not the job, or boss, or money or doctor or anything or anyone we tend to turn our eyes toward when we’re “stuck” that will save us.
“Yet the chief butler did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.” Gen.40:23
The butler forgot about Joseph. But the Lord didn’t. He had Joseph’s name inscribed in the palm of His hand. He thought about him so many times, that if they could be counted, those thoughts would outnumber the grains of sand…on all the seas. The Lord was with Joseph, prospering him, encouraging him, strengthening him, and paving the way for him to step into his destiny. Just like He is with you.
Can you think of a time when you thought your journey of the “in-between” had come to an end ~ but later you could see why God held you there a little longer?
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