Genesis 40:8-29: In God we trust.
“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.’ 9 So the chief cupbearer told Joseph his dream. He said to him, ‘In my dream I saw a vine in front of me, 10 and on the vine were three branches. As soon as it budded, it blossomed, and its clusters ripened into grapes. 11 Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand, and I took the grapes, squeezed them into Pharaoh’s cup and put the cup in his hand.’ 12 ‘This is what it means,’ Joseph said to him. ‘The three branches are three days. 13 Within three days Pharaoh will lift up your head and 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. 14 But when all goes well with you, remember me and show me kindness; mention me to Pharaoh and get me out of this prison. 15 I was forcibly carried off from the land of the Hebrews, and even here I have done nothing to deserve being put in a dungeon.’ 16 When the chief baker saw that Joseph had given a favourable interpretation, he said to Joseph, ‘I too had a dream: on my head were three baskets of bread.[a] 17 In the top basket were all kinds of baked goods for Pharaoh, but the birds were eating them out of the basket on my head.’ 18 ‘This is what it means,’ Joseph said. ‘The three baskets are three days. 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.’ 20 Now the third day was Pharaoh’s birthday, and he gave a feast for all his officials. He lifted up the heads of the chief cupbearer and the chief baker in the presence of his officials: 21 he restored the chief cupbearer to his position, so that he once again put the cup into Pharaoh’s hand – 22 but he impaled the chief baker, just as Joseph had said to them in his interpretation. 23 The chief cupbearer, however, did not remember Joseph; he forgot him.” NIV
Somebody pointed out that it wasn’t wrong for Joseph to ask the ‘’chief cupbearer’’ to put in a good word for him with the Pharaoh (14). But it is a mistake to place our trust in man and not in God, for people often disappoint and let us down (23).
Something else to note is the restrained way in which Joseph spoke about the troubles he’d seen (15). He recognised that he had suffered an injustice, but he didn’t name names; he didn’t tar reputations; he didn’t give detailed descriptions of what had been done to him, and by whom. There is surely something for us to learn here.
One final thought on this chapter: when you read (23) it seems terribly sad. But remember it’s not the end of the story (41:9-15). God’s timing is not ours, but it is always perfect. If, today, it feels to you like you’re in (23) – things have not worked out how you hoped, or expected – recognise that you’ll find yourself in the next chapter in God’s good time, and it will be the right time. You’ll see.
PRAYER: Faithful God, I thank you that you are flawlessly trustworthy. Please forgive me for those times when I put far too much confidence in people. Help me to always put my faith in you and await your timing.