Joseph: Ain’t Nobody Got Time for This

Day 4 – Genesis 40

Last month I read through the story of Joseph in the Bible (Genesis 37-50). Each day I was challenged to share what I learned. Here was my insight into Genesis 40.

Joseph in prison

“Some time later…”  -Genesis 40:1

Joseph is in prison for years. There is no end in sight. Two royal servants arrive (a cupbearer and a baker), and they are in prison for a while. Joseph has no reason for joy, kindness or hope. As an imprisoned slave, he is the lowest of the low. He is unseen. He has no reason to see these men. Yet Joseph does see them, and he does display to them joy, kindness and hope.

Joseph a story of Redemption Day 4 by Andy Bondurant

Both men have crazy dreams on the same night. Joseph, with a gift from God, interprets their dreams. The baker is executed, and the cupbearer is restored to his position. It’s just as Joseph said it would be.

“Remember me,” is all Joseph asked of the cupbearer. He’s forgotten. More time end in sight. Home and hope are both distant memories.

I know this in my head, but I’m still learning in my heart how God operates outside of time and space. He speaks, and it is done. Yet for me (within time and space), time continues to pass. I still must wait.

Some time later…” is coming. In fact, it may be today (or still years in the making). In the meantime, there are two things I must do. First, I must choose to hold hope – believe in the God of time and space. Second, I must see those around me. I can’t allow my pain of waiting on God distract me from those who need God through me.

We can do this. Why? Because I know. I’ve seen it before. I’ll see it again.

Daily Blessing: May you continue to have hope as you wait for what you know is to take place.

Daily Challenge: Be on the look out for someone today who needs your help. In the midst of your pain, fear or frustration, open your eyes to see and to help someone hurting.

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