Have you ever felt as though you are on your own?
Felt as though everyone has moved on, and you seem to be in a place of complete stagnation.
Feeling forgotten by God? Wondering if God’s promise will ever be fulfilled in your life? Are you wondering if He would ever open that door He promised? Are you hoping praying and trusting God for a breakthrough? Yet there is no breakthrough.
Joseph was a man with a dream, he had the most amazing dream, even his brothers became jealous, his father was upset with him. His brothers knew his dreams could come true one day and the only solution to joseph realising that dream was to kill him.
18 Now when they saw him afar off, even before he came near them, they conspired against him to kill him. 19 Then they said to one another, “Look, this dreamer is coming! 20 Come therefore, let us now kill him and cast him into some pit; and we shall say, ‘Some wild beast has devoured him.’ We shall see what will become of his dreams!”
You might currently feel you are among dream killers.
You might even feel that you are in a pit which you dug for yourself whilst wallowing in self-pity, having a pity party, because you have become despondent with life.
Joseph waited for a fulfilment of his God given dream. He knew the pit he was thrown into would never stop his dream
The convoy of the Midianites’ slave traders, could not stop his dreams but rather it became the transportation to the location where his dream was to be fulfilled.
Sometimes the so call challenges in our lives could be what would propel us to the fulfilment of our dreams.
Potiphar house became his transit.
The prison became his training ground, a place where he had to interpret the dreams of others and see their dreams fulfilled first before the fulfilment of his dream.
18 So Joseph answered and said, “This is the interpretation of it: The three baskets are three days. 19 Within three days Pharaoh will lift off your head from you and hang you on a tree; and the birds will eat your flesh from you.”
20 Now it came to pass on the third day, which was Pharaoh’s birthday, that he made a feast for all his servants; and he lifted up the head of the chief butler and of the chief baker among his servants. 21 Then he restored the chief butler to his butlership again, and he placed the cup in Pharaoh’s hand. 22 But he hanged the chief baker, as Joseph had interpreted to them. 23 Yet the chief butler did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.
Forgotten in the prison by the one who promised to remember him, the butler forgot his promise to remember Joseph for 2 years.
Two years of complete silence, two years of not knowing what has become of his father, his siblings or dreams. Will those dreams ever come to pass?
Just like Joseph we sometimes feel forgotten, complete silence in our situations. Tons of questions run through our minds with no immediate answers or solutions.
Life is passing us by, our dreams, our aspirations and our desires seem so far away from ever been fulfilled.
In those 2 years of silence, of been forgotten by the butler we are not told of how Joseph managed in the prison but we are given a very good hint in Genesis 39:23
23 The keeper of the prison did not look into anything that was under Joseph’s authority, because the Lord was with him; and whatever he did, the Lord made it prosper.
God was with him. God is with you also child of God.
In every situation you are going through right now, it might seem daunting to you, you might feel lost, alone, and crushed under.
The nation of Israel must have felt the same way Joseph felt whilst in prison. Israel in their state of supposed abandonment by God, cried out to God in Isaiah 49:14-16
14 But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me, and my Lord has forgotten me.”
15 “Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely, they may forget,
Yet I will not forget you.
16 See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands;
Your walls are continually before Me.
God can never forget His own, you belong to God, you are God’s bought child, you are the apple of His eyes.
Even though man had forgotten Joseph, God never forgot him. Not once did God forget him, he was always on God’s thought.
Genesis 41:9, 14, 39-42
9 Then the chief butler spoke to Pharaoh, saying: “I remember my faults this day.
14 Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him quickly out of the dungeon; and he shaved, changed his clothing, and came to Pharaoh.
39 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Inasmuch as God has shown you all this, there is no one as discerning and wise as you. 40 You shall be over my house, and all my people shall be ruled according to your word; only in regard to the throne will I be greater than you.” 41 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.”
42 Then Pharaoh took his signet ring off his hand and put it on Joseph’s hand; and he clothed him in garments of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck
God remembered Joseph; his dream never died, his dream could never be killed not by his brothers, not by Potiphar. No one can kill your God given dream. Praise the Lord.
At the age of 30, God brought that dream to pass. God will remember you. You are not forgotten. Just as God was with Joseph, He will be with you as keep Him always before you.
I have set the Lord always before me; Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.
You are not forgotten.