Genesis 40:4b-8: Prison ministry.
“The captain of the guard assigned them to Joseph, and he attended them. After they had been in custody for some time, 5 each of the two men – the cupbearer and the baker of the king of Egypt, who were being held in prison – had a dream the same night, and each dream had a meaning of its own. 6 When Joseph came to them the next morning, he saw that they were dejected. 7 So he asked Pharaoh’s officials who were in custody with him in his master’s house, ‘Why do you look so sad today?’ 8 ‘We both had dreams,’ they answered, ‘but there is no one to interpret them.’ NIV
Then Joseph said to them, ‘Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell me your dreams.’
Somebody said that it doesn’t matter who commands you so long as God controls you. In prison, Joseph was a good servant. I will say more about this tomorrow.
I always want to make the point that in prison Joseph was a good witness. He spoke to his fellow-prisoners about God. He brought God into the conversation at an appropriate place. He pointed to God, not to himself. He gave God all the glory for his gifts, but he certainly used them. Spiritual gifts are not to be confined to ‘in church’. They can be exercised, even in the darkest places of life.
PRAYER: Lord, please forgive me for the many occasions I have failed to speak about you when I could and should have. Please help me to be alert to any such opportunities in the future, and to grasp them. Indeed, please create them. Thank you for the privilege of speaking into people’s lives a word from you.