Genesis 40:23 “Yet the chief butler did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.”
When Joseph gave the dream interpretations for both the butler and the baker, he requested that the butler tell Pharaoh about him, hoping that the king would release him from prison. When the butler was restored to his position again serving the king, he forgot to mention Joseph to him. No doubt, Joseph was disappointed at being forgotten. Can you imagine how it would feel to be in prison for a crime you did not commit and then to be overlooked by one person who could put in a good word for you?
How often do we overlook the good deeds of those around us? Have you ever promised to return a favor but for some reason never really did it? When we are in trouble or need help, we tend to pledge whatever someone wants in return for helping us. This bargaining is not always a requirement or necessity for getting help but it often comes in times of desperation. Have you ever prayed so hard for God to answer a prayer that you vowed something back to Him in return? God is gracious in how He answers such prayers, as most of us can never keep our end of the bargain.
God had a different plan for Joseph as to how he would be set free from prison, a plan that would bless his life and that of his family in amazing ways. If the butler had remembered Joseph, he wouldn’t have been in Egypt to interpret Pharaoh’s dream.
God has a plan for you as well. Pray against discouragement in your circumstance and ask the Lord to give you peace as you wait on his perfect timing. God is sovereign and always knows what is best for you.
Prayer: Father, I praise You, that in Your time You will perfect everything concerning me.