“And please remember me and do me a favor when things go well for you.” (Genesis 40:14)
These were the words of Joseph to Pharoah’s chief cup-bearer after Joseph interpreted his dream while both were in prison in Egypt. Joseph was in prison because he was wrongfully accused of making advances to Potiphar’s wife, while the cup-bearer was there as a result of offending the Pharoah. Joseph realized from interpreting the cup-bearer’s dream that the cup-bearer would soon be released from prison and return to the Pharoah’s service and he hoped that he would help Joseph to get released from prison as well. Just like Kind David and Peter and so many other biblical Christians who we admire, Joseph showed human weakness here. After so many years of taking calamity in stride, relying upon his God and His timing, purpose and provision, here he turns to a man for help, instead of continuing to trust God and His timing. If you are familiar with the rest of the story, God was not yet ready to release Joseph from his imprisonment. Two full years later, God was ready to put Joseph into a position of authority under the Pharoah to save Egypt and Joseph’s family from a severe famine that God revealed to Joseph in advance.
We need to remind ourselves that God is engineering our circumstances – always. We need to put our trust solely in Him, remaining in His will and trusting completely in His timing.
“Don’t put your confidence in powerful people; there is no help for you there. (Psalm 146:3)