“Some time later, the cupbearer and the baker of the king of Egypt offended their master, the king of Egypt. 2 Pharaoh was angry with his two officials, the chief cupbearer and the chief baker, 3 and put them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, in the same prison where Joseph was confined. 4 The captain of the guard assigned them to Joseph, and he attended them.”NIV
“Pharaoh was angry with his two officials, the chief cupbearer and the chief baker, and put them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, in the same prison where Joseph was confined” (verses 2,3).
Reading the passage again this morning, I saw something I don’t think I’ve seen before. Pharaoh “put” these two servants in the same place where Joseph was being kept. But the sub-text is that God “put” them there. This was a divine appointment. It was God’s intention that these men should meet Joseph; that Joseph should meet them. The Lord saw to it that their paths would cross for a time, and Joseph was able to speak into their lives.
Many years ago, walking through Leeds one day, I felt I should move across the city in a different direction to the one I’d originally intended. As I did so, I encountered a young couple from the church. I think they were amazed to see me, and said ‘We were just on our way to phone you! We need to have a chat.’ Some may say, ‘Well what a coincidence!’ Maybe it was. But I prefer to see it as a ‘God-incidence’. I believe in a God who arranges our diaries and sets up meetings we may never plan. (Sometimes in places we wouldn’t choose either!)
PRAYER: Sovereign Lord, this day and every day may I be so led by you that I find myself in the right place at the right time, so that I meet the people you want me to meet and speak the words you want me to say. Please make me a ‘channel of blessing’ today.