“But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him mercy, and He caused him to be viewed with favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison.” Gen 39:21
Have you ever been in a situation where just as you seem to be achieving something with your life, suddenly the plug is pulled?
Most of us have been.
It may be that God is working His purpose out in your life.
Do you drop to your knees and humbly thank God for blessing you with the trial, or do you beg Him to deliver you from it?
Most of us don’t recognise things that go wrong as blessings and would take the latter option.
Reading the words in this section of Genesis, it would be easy to think that Joseph was some super powered being, who accepted all that happens to him with grace and humility. Perhaps he did. But from reading further on he did want deliverance too.
So let’s look at what happened in the prison.
“And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners who were in the prison…” Gen 39:22
Again, “The keeper of the prison did not look into anything under Joseph’s hand because the Lord was with him and whatever he did, the Lord made it prosper.” Gen 39:23
So here Joseph was, entrusted by his jailer, in charge of all the prisoners, just as when he was Potiphar’s slave he was entrusted with his master’s household.
At the end of the day, when the prison was settled and he was left alone with his thoughts – I wonder what they were.
He was his father’s favourite son… but his brothers’ jealousy had ended that.
He was trusted by Potiphar… but Potiphar’s wife put an end to that by her desire for him.
Here, he is trusted by the jailer…
Do you think he wondered when the end would come to that… and in what form?
Do you think he ever thought ‘what’s the point’ it will all go wrong anyway?
Do you think he ever wished the whole thing had been a bad dream and he would wake up in his father’s home and none of it had happened?
Remember, one of the things his brothers hated him for was his dreams… especially when he told them he had dreamed … “my sheaf arose and also stood upright; and indeed your sheaves stood all around and bowed down to my sheaf.” Gen 37:7
Perhaps he remembered that dream and wondered if it would come to pass. After all, although he was in prison, he was basically in charge. It looks unlikely; however, God is managing Joseph’s life.
So what happened next?
Pharaoh’s chief butler and chief baker offended him… (you might have guessed it) they landed up in the prison, and Joseph was charged with looking after them.
Both the butler and the baker dreamed and were sad. When Joseph asked what was making them sad they told him they had dreamed and there was no interpreter of dreams.
“…Do not all interpretations belong to God?…” Gen 40: 8
The chief butler told Joseph his dream and Joseph told him what it meant.
Here is where we can see Joseph did desire to leave the prison… “But remember me when it is well with you, and please show kindness to me, make mention of me to Pharaoh, and get me out of this house.” Gen 40:14
The baker’s dream was not such a pleasant one.
Joseph’s interpretations were true. The chief butler was restored to his position, the chief baker was hung.
“Yet the chief butler did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.” Gen 40:23
There is no mention of Joseph’s reaction. We can assume he didn’t ‘spit the dummy’ (as my daughter would have said). He continued on managing what he had been given to manage.
God was still in charge and just as His ways are not our ways, nor His thoughts our thoughts, His timing is His timing!
Till next time, ponder that if you are waiting for circumstances to change in your life.