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Faith Over Circumstances?

Genesis 40:1-3,12-14,18-19,21-23 Then it came about after these things, the cupbearer and the baker for the king of Egypt offended their lord, the king of Egypt. Pharaoh was furious with his two officials, the chief cupbearer and the chief baker. So he put them in confinement in the house of the captain of the bodyguard, in the jail, the same place where Joseph was imprisoned... Then Joseph said to him, “This is the interpretation of it: the three branches are three days; within three more days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your office; and you will put Pharaoh’s cup into his hand according to your former custom when you were his cupbearer. “Only keep me in mind when it goes well with you, and please do me a kindness by mentioning me to Pharaoh and get me out of this house... Then Joseph answered and said, “This is its interpretation: the three baskets are three days; within three more days Pharaoh will lift up your head from you and will hang you on a tree, and the birds will eat your flesh off you.”... He restored the chief cupbearer to his office, and he put the cup into Pharaoh’s hand; but he hanged the chief baker, just as Joseph had interpreted to them. Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.

Another story that captures our imagination with wonder about Joseph for he is shown to have the awesome ability to read one's dreams!

Joseph is quite the man because we have find him faithful, God-fearing, honest, pure at heart, sincere worker and now gifted too.

For a man with such great qualities, what joy was there for him to serve God when injustice was being served?

The placement of the two officials in the jailhouse where Joseph was seems like a coincidence but turns out it is not.

Looking at the big picture thousands of years later, it is easy for us to note that this was not a coincidence because of how God turns the situation for Joseph's benefit and His own glory.

Joseph's troubles were far from over at this point for even though he was given the responsibility over the prisoners, he still was one himself and still carried the false accusation of Potiphar's wife.

However, we see how sincerely he went about his work and when the opportunity presented itself, he used it to glorify God by suggesting to the officials that the interpretation of their dreams belonged to God.

Furthermore, under God's direction, he went about interpreting their dreams and requested the chief cupbearer to put in a good word for him.

When we are faced with challenges in our life, we need to remember that as children of the living God, we are in God's hands and He will never leave us nor forsake us.

God is sovereign over everything and nothing happens outside His will or power. Our responsibility is to remain faithful and to glorify Him with our entire being.

Joseph was a living testimony of God's goodness and love in the dark annals of the prison and his faith touched many whom otherwise would not be exposed to the true living God.

Are you living out your faith or are circumstances dictating your life? Is God in control of your life or are you holding the reins and directing your life in darkness?

In His Loving Service,

ServantBoy

Psalm 25:10 All the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.

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1.19.2011

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