faith, Genesis Series

Genesis 40 Stuck in Bad Circumstances

Chapter of the Day: Read Genesis 40.

Meditate on Genesis 40:8  “We both had dreams,” they answered,  “but there is no one to interpret them.” Then Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell me your dreams.”

Joseph is still fulfilling his leadership role from prison when two new inmates arrive on the scene. Pharoah’s baker and cupbearer have done something to anger their master when they are placed in Joseph’s custody.

In this chapter, we see another level of Joseph’s spiritual growth even in harsh conditions as he compassionately responds to the two men’s emotional turmoil. Not only does Joseph meet them in their sadness, but he also uses it as an opportunity to point them to God.  Then he uses his spiritual gift of interpreting dreams to serve the two men. Joseph joyfully conveys the message of freedom in three days to the cupbearer, and he does not shy away from sharing the hard truth of destruction that the baker was sure to face as well.

Joseph only asks that that cupbearer remember him so that he could go free from his wrongful imprisonment. However, when these dreams become realities the cupbearer did not remember Joseph.

Jesus, the better Joseph, also sees us when we are downcast. He comes to our aid and he serves us with a message of deliverance or destruction. But not before He points us to the love of our Father in heaven. Circumstances of this life will often feel confusing, but we don’t have to stay stuck. Thankfully, Jesus has made a way for our freedom and a path to be restored back to our master. If you have not experienced that freedom, it’s never too late to ask for His grace. And for those of us that have let us use it to point others to Him.

Prayer: God thank you that you don’t leave me even in bad situations. You have made a way to deliver me back to God. Lord, I pray that I can be like Joseph. Help me to point people around me who desperately need you back to you. Help me to love and serve others with the gifts you have given me. And Lord help me not to lose hope when my life doesn’t look like I planned. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 Application:

How has Joseph’s maturity changed from our first revelation of his ability to interpret dreams to now?

How does hardship have a way of making Joseph’s life fruitful?

Has there ever been a time when you’ve had to share the hard truth with someone who was struggling?

Did you shy away or share your message with compassion?

Memorize 1 Peter 4:10  “God has given each of you a gift from his variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.”

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