Today’s verses for Blogging Through The Bible in 2020 are going to come to us from Genesis 41. Genesis 41:9 says, “Then the chief butler spoke to Pharaoh saying, ‘I remember my faults this day.'” Then Genesis 41:16 says, “So Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, ‘It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh an answer of peace.'”
Two years has essentially past over the last couple of chapters in Genesis. Joseph had been in prison for those two years because of a false accusation against him by Potiphar’s wife. While in prison, two officials of Pharaoh’s were put in prison along with Joseph. They both had dreams, and Joseph was able to give an interpretation to those dreams. Before the chief butler was released, Joseph asked the butler not to forget him. As we are all prone to do, the butler forget about Joseph until this day. Sometimes this is what frustrates us about God’s will, it isn’t in our time. Yet, God was working behind the scenes and setting the stage for what He was going to do. Along with setting the stage, God was also preparing Joseph through teaching him through his circumstances to have patience, to trust God, and to remind Joseph that God hadn’t forgot him. Joseph by the time this chapter opens is definitely a changed person. He has endured a lot as a person. He has gone from bragging to his brothers about a dream he had where they bowed down to him, to now, Joseph is telling Pharaoh that God is the one who is going to give the answer Pharaoh is seeking.
From this chapter, we need to learn to trust God’s timing. I will be the first to admit, that at times that can be very difficult. We as a society have trained ourselves to expect and even demand instant gratification. However, God seldom operates that way. We learn here, that while God may not change our circumstances immediately; He is certainly working on changing us, and preparing us for what He is going to do through us in His time. We can take heart today in being reminded, that no matter where we are, no matter what we are going through; God has not forgotten us nor has He abandoned us. In those times where we struggle to see God working, let us learn to trust His character. God is good, loving, gracious, merciful, and just to simply name a few of His attributes. The final lesson we need to learn is that we must be careful not to steal the glory that rightly belongs to God and God alone. This is often why God seems to wait. It’s only when we admit that we have come to the end of ourselves, and that we are powerless to change something, that God moves. May we be like Paul in 2 Corinthians 12, when he had prayed three times for God to remove a thorn from his flesh (whatever it was). God told Paul “no” each time, but God also gave Paul and us a promise, “My (God’s) grace is sufficient.” When we rely on God we can know that when we feel the weakest, we will experience God’s strength the most.
By His grace and for His glory,