Chapter of the Day: Read Genesis 41.
Meditate on Genesis 41:14 “So Pharoah sent for Joseph, and he was quickly brought from the dungeon. When he had shaved and changed his clothes, he came before Pharoah.”
Pharaoh had a dream that none of his magicians or wise men could interpret. This promptly reminded the cupbearer of his failure to do the one thing Joseph had asked of him. When Joseph is finally remembered by the cupbearer it says he was quickly brought from the dungeon.
The next paragraphs tell of how Joseph is brought into the second most powerful position in Egypt. He goes on to prepare the land for the seven years of famine during the seven years of abundance. And through God’s gifting of wisdom and discernment through him, Egypt becomes the world’s supplier of grain.
We can be reminded through this beautiful foreshadowing of the coming Christ that a turning point is on the horizon. When we have suffered for a little while God will Himself restore, confirm, strengthen and establish us (1 Peter 5:10). Just like He did with our friend Joseph and just like He did with His son Jesus.
Prayer: God thank you that suffering has an expiration date and that you quickly rescue us when the time is right. But Lord not only do you rescue us but your word says you will strengthen and establish us. You make my suffering matter. Lord be my strength to endure so that others may know through my suffering and restoration that you have the same grace for them. In Jesus’ name, amen.
How does God use human inability to reveal the shortcomings of the cupbearer and ultimately to rescue Joseph?
When Joseph could have taken all the credit for interpreting the dreams he does something risky when face to face with Pharoah. What does he say to him?
How does Joeseph’s suffering shape his life to look like Christ’s?
Are you suffering through something hard right now? How could God use it to possibly encourage someone else?
How has God rescued you from some trial of your past?
Memorize 1 Peter 5:10 “And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself, restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”