90 Day Challenge- Day Four- Genesis 40:12- Genesis 50:26
“Genesis 40: 12-15; 20-23; 12This is what it means,” Joseph said to him. “The three branches are three days. 13 Within three days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your position, and you will put Pharaoh’s cup in his hand, just as you used to do when you were his cupbearer. 14 But when all goes well with you, remember me and show me kindness; mention me to Pharaoh and get me out of this prison. 15 For I was forcibly carried off from the land of the Hebrews, and even here I have done nothing to deserve being put in a dungeon.” 20 Now the third day was Pharaoh’s birthday, and he gave a feast for all his officials. He lifted up the heads of the chief cupbearer and the chief baker in the presence of his officials: 21 He restored the chief cupbearer to his position, so that he once again put the cup into Pharaoh’s hand, 22 but he hanged the chief baker, just as Joseph had said to them in his interpretation. 23 The chief cupbearer, however, did not remember Joseph; he forgot him.
Joseph was sold into slavery by his own brothers. He served his master faithfully until he was set up by the master’s wife, at which time he was thrown into prison. While he was in prison, he met up with two of the servants from Pharaoh’s house. Each of the servants had a dream which Joseph was given the interpretation to. He said the cupbearer would be restored, and the baker would be killed, both of which came to pass. Joseph told the cupbearer, “When you get restored to your position, don’t forget about me. Tell Pharaoh about me so that I can get out of here.” Wouldn’t you know that as soon as Joseph’s interpretation came to pass and the cup bearer was released, he promptly forgot all about Joseph. Not just for a few weeks or months, but for two whole years. I chose this passage today because I think it is something many can relate to. Have you ever felt that way? That you are in the midst of a pit and you are watching others get out, and you wonder when it’s your turn? You wonder why you’ve been forgotten? In the midst of those times there are a couple of things you can think about. First, be glad you’re not like that poor baker. HE got out of the pit, but went straight to the gallows to die. At least in the midst of the pit you are still alive! The second thing to think about is that you are not truly forgotten. Yesterday we talked about how God will always be with you.
The end of this story is that Joseph was brought out of prison to interpret Pharaoh’s dream. He not only gave the dream’s meaning but came up with a brilliant plan to enable the whole land to prosper in the midst of a famine. He was instantly promoted to hold a place of power second only to Pharaoh, and was even reunited with his brother’s and his father. A few chapters later in Genesis 45:4-8 4 Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! 5 And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. 6 For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will not be plowing and reaping. 7 But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance. 8 “So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt. I love how Joseph even though he was forgotten by man, knew that he wasn’t forgotten by God.
If you are in a place where you feel forgotten, take your eyes off of your situation, and look to the Lord. He has not overlooked you. He sees you, He knows exactly where you are, and what you are going through. Take comfort in the fact that even if you are in the middle of a pit, you are still in the palm of His hand.