6.28.2013

Two Whole Years


The story of Joseph has always been one of my favorites in the Bible.  It is one of the best examples of God's sovereignty and the 'all things work together for good to them that love Him' rings so true in the chapters of Joseph's life.  One of my favorite Bible verses is in Genesis 50, where Joseph tells his brothers:

'As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.'


The past few days, I had been thinking about reading over Joseph's story, since I hadn't in a while.  So I got my Bible out and flipped to Genesis 37 and started reading.  Joseph's dreams, his brothers selling him into slavery, Potiphar's wife, Joseph imprisoned, Joseph interprets the dreams of the chief cupbearer and chief baker, and then I stopped.  Something had grabbed my attention.

In verse 14 of chapter 40, Joseph interprets the chief cupbearer's dream as something good.  That he would be restored to his former position in Pharaoh's courts.  And Joseph adds, 'Only keep me in mind when it goes well with you and please do me a kindness by mentioning me to Pharaoh...I have done nothing that they should have put me in the dungeon.'  Right here, Joseph is basically saying that the cupbearer is his only hope of getting out of prison.  And then, at the end of chapter 40, after the cupbearer was back in Pharaoh's palace, it says: 'Yet, the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.'  Bam.  Just like that.  Joseph was not even a memory in the cupbearer's mind.  Joseph's only hope of being released from the dungeon was gone.


I was curious, wondering how long it was before the cupbearer remembered Joseph.  Chapter 41 starts out: 'Now it happened at the end of two full years...'

Two years.  Two whole years went by after Joseph had interpreted the cupbearer's dream.  And this got me thinking...

How many of us are unhappy with where we are in life right now?  How many of us have dreams and goals that we want to chase after, but we just feel stuck?  What are we supposed to be doing with our lives right now if the paths we keep wanting to go down are blocked and the doors are closed?  

Well, I'm sure Joseph didn't like being in that dungeon for two years.  But God had him there for a reason.  We don't always understand God's plan.  We can't see into the future, but He can.  How many of us are restless because we want to get ahead in life, but it feels like God is holding us back?  He's only holding you back, dear one, because He has something infinitely greater than you could ever plan for your own life in store for you.  Trust Him.  
He may reveal the next step you should take tomorrow, next week, or maybe two years from now.  But where you are right now, serve Him.  Where you are right now, tell others about Him and His love and forgiveness.  You're there for a reason.  Use your time for His glory.


16 comments:

  1. This was so encouraging, Raquel! I do enjoy it when you post your thoughts on here. :)

    God Bless! :hugs:

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    1. Praise God. I'm so glad it was. God bless you too!

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  2. Man this was so encouraging thanks!!!!!

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    1. Aww I'm so glad! Praise God. You're welcome!

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  3. We love your blog!!!

    You just got yourself two fans in Europe!

    Love&greetings,

    Birdy and Bambi

    http://lasagnolove.blogspot.de/

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    1. Woohoo! Thanks for the comment! Love hearing from readers in other countries.

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  4. God bless you for writing this!!! My sister sent this to me and it just refreshes my mind that Gods timing is perfect!

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    1. Thank you! Aww wow! Praise God for His perfect timing <3

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  5. thanks so much for posting this raquel! so often it's so easy to get impatient, and often i try to do it on my own. but i have to remember that God knows best and his timing is always part of his plan. the story about joseph is one of my favorites too!! love the bold life he lived.

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    1. You're welcome! So glad it was a blessing to you. Indeed... I think we all suffer from lack of patience haha You're not alone!

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  6. Love your blog! Your spirituality is truly inspiring - it's awesome to know that there's another girl out there that loves God as much as I do!!

    http://thewordsthatgounsung.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you! Woohoo! Daughters of God unite!;)

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  7. Oh, wow. I'm going through some crazy/hectic stuff in Africa right now and this was exactly what I needed to hear. It can be so hard to wait on what is right, and at the same time to determine what exactly is right.

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    1. Praise God. So glad it was an encouragement to you!

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