Dreams, dreams and more dreams…. and an interpreter….
In chapter 40 we rejoin Joseph in his prison cell and there he meets the cupbearer and baker who Pharoah has put in prison. They’re assigned to Joseph and they both have dreams
8 “We both had dreams,” they answered, “but there is no one to interpret them.”
God, using Joseph, interprets their dreams.
The cupbearers interpretation is favourable:
13 Within three days Pharaoh will lift up your headand 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.
But the bakers interpretation is not:
19 Within three days Pharaoh will lift off your head and impale your body on a pole. And the birds will eat away your flesh.”
Sure enough three days comes and the interpretations become reality. The baker is killed, the cupbearer restored
Joseph had asked the cupbearer to put in a good word with Pharoah to ensure his release.
23 The chief cupbearer, however, did not remember Joseph; he forgot him.
The days turned into weeks, into months and Joseph is still imprisoned. Sometimes it seems like God doesn’t work as fast as we’d like him to…. But then
Genesis 41:1 When two full years had passed, Pharaoh had a dream
Joseph is called upon to interpret and warns that after 7 years of plenty there will be 7 years of famine. Pharaoh listens to his interpretation.
I can’t imagine what it must have been like sitting in that prison cell for two years. Here is someone who had every right to be difficult, Every reason to be bitter and awkward, Every reason to be anti authority, But he wasn’t.
He was ready when the time came. My challenge today is exactly that:
Are you ready to go when God says go? Are you ready to use your gift when he tells you to? When God ordains the time and the place? Are you ready to step out and use what he’s placed in you for His glory?