At the close of one of my sermons on Joseph I noted again the pain of being forgotten by someone you had helped. In this case the Cupbearer who Joseph had given the peace of mind concerning a good future via restoration by Pharaoh. To give credit where credit is due, the butler (Cupbearer) did recommend Joseph to Pharaoh some two years later. But chapter 40 of Genesis closes with this: “Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat him.” Genesis 40:23.
To be forgotten by someone to whom you entrusted at least one deep concern is painful and all us of have to some degree suffered in this manner.
My statement on the matter: “Remember this: When those whom we have helped “Forget” us, we must rest in that we, as was Joseph, are in God’s Hand, and in God’s time. God does not want us beholden to mere men, but He will work His way in His time.”
In Joseph’s life God did work His way in a long time for Joseph the prisoner, but this time was but a snap of the finger of God.
In our life we will have ups and downs and even a few go arounds, but we must trust in God’s working in our life for our good and His glory.
David wrote in Psalms 31:15, “My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me.”
Copyright © 2013 Larry Lilly
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