To be remembered by the cupbearer and be shown kindness, to be mentioned to Pharaoh as wrongfully imprisoned
v23 The chief cupbearer, however, did not remember Joseph; he forgot him.
He had work to do for God. A ministry to an unbelieving nation who did not know the one true God of Israel
Literally: Joseph was cast into the earth to be left for dead. His identity (coat) was stripped from him. His freedom was sold. He was treated as a possession and false witness befell him, he was cast into a dungeon and forgotten. Yet, he rose from this to a greater ministry, both to save the people of Egypt, but also his own kin.
My Daily Journal:
The means by which God directed Joseph and the lessons He taught him were hard taught. Joseph didn’t sit in a classroom under a kind and gentle teacher. He didn’t read leadership principles from a book. He learned to rely on God and His blessings because there was no one else he could rely on. Joseph didn’t learn grace and fairness from it being bestowed on him by other men. He learned it from longing for it and seeing it come from no where but the Lord.
Yet, even in the darkest circumstances, even in the darkest dungeon, Joseph saw that God was there with him and Joseph learned to trust in God. Joseph’s developed perseverance, patience, trust, character, forgiveness, and leadership from the one true Personal Trainer, God!
What parts of my life could use more time in God’s gym to be worked and strengthened? What hardships and disappointments in my life do I need to re-examine to see God’s presence in them (He is there, whether I see Him or not)? Where do I need to just get to work doing the work that God is giving me instead of spending time and effort fretting about my situation and unfairness I see?
- He let Lot choose his land
- Better to be wronged and cheated than file lawsuits against believers in secular courts
- be patient, make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit, bond of peace
- Be kind and compassionate, forgiving, walk in the way of love
Age and covenant from God. God promised the land to Abram’s descendents, not to his cousin
It is very difficult, especially since it affects not only self but also family. It is easier with relatives, but then even it is hard. It is against our greedy nature to purposefully allow others to pick the best of the bunch and take what is left.
My Daily Journal:
What if Abram and Lot weren’t supposed to part company? I think most would agree that they faced a time of trial. We read the story and see Abram as the gracious older uncle who gives up his right and allows Lot to choose the better land. It is not that I don’t believe this to be true and I don’t mean to disparage Abram, but what if they weren’t supposed to part in the first place. Lot was Abram’s ward, his pupil per se. It states in the verses that the land could not support both of their flocks and they shared the land with the Canaanites and Perizzites. Abram made the decision to part. But should he have elected to reduce their flocks? Could they have blessed their neighbors, would that have opened a new door?
I know this is a hypothetical rabbit hole, but it served as an interesting point to me and a good reminder that the true lesson isn’t that things turned out OK for Abram, but that ever so slowly Abram was learning not only to trust God but to trust Him first. I am slowly learning this same lesson. I trust God, but too often I make a decision based on my own viewpoint first. This does not prevent God from acting and even blessing me, but it also doesn’t mean that I, necessarily, made the right decision. Pray first, act second.