Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.
Genesis 40:23 (NIV)
The chief cupbearer, however, did not remember Joseph; he forgot him.
Genesis 40:23 (MSG)
But the head cupbearer never gave Joseph another thought; he forgot all about him.
“Yet [even after all that] the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot [all about] him.” -AMPLIFIED
Joseph was forgotten, for two whole years. Imagine the hurt that Joseph must have been feeling. He had done a good turn for this cupbearer. He had presented his case to him; asking to be remembered. “But when all goes well with you, remember me and show me kindness; mention me to Pharaoh and get me out of this prison. I was forcibly carried off from the land of the Hebrews, and even here I have done nothing to deserve being put in a dungeon.” -Genesis 40:14-15 (NIV)
Let us remember though, God had not forgotten Joseph! Our Faithful Father was still with Joseph; even in that hideous, disgusting prison. One of the most difficult things for the child of God to do is to “wait upon the Lord”. We are in such a hurry to have an answer to our prayer, but there often times in our lives when God asks us to patiently wait. Even David reminds us of this promise, “I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” -Psalms 27:13-14 (NIV)
What does one do when they are forgotten? What does one do when they are overcome with disappointment and discouragement? What we should do is continue to run the race that has been set before us; persevere! DO NOT GIVE UP!
I had the privilege of hearing Rev. Dr. Charles Crabtree speak at a graduation ceremony once. His message was on Hebrews 12:1, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us…” He reminded everyone that we all will be discouraged at points in our lives, but our job is to continue to run the race. There is no time for pity-parties, time-outs, or worse yet, giving up. Dr. Crabtree reminded us that what is required of the child of God when we are in discouraging situations is for us to plod on. Do not give up but plod on. Do not lose faith, but plod on. Do not let discouragement, disappointment or doubt overwhelm you, but plod on!
There is something to be said about plodding on; it shows that though the circumstances may be difficult you are not giving up. It shows that the way may be rough but you choose to persevere. Joseph must have realized this fact; for there is no mention in Scripture of him giving up. This reminds me of something Jesus told His disciples. “Staying with it—that’s what God requires. Stay with it to the end. You won’t be sorry, and you’ll be saved. All during this time, the good news—the Message of the kingdom—will be preached all over the world, a witness staked out in every country. And then the end will come.” -Matthew 24:13-14 (MSG)
Once again Joseph waits patiently on God to do His good and perfect will in his life. If only we too could learn to wait patiently as we plod on with the course that God has set before us. Be encouraged today with these words from the book of Isaiah:
“Why, then, do you, Jacob, inheritors of God’s promise, you, Israel, chosen of God—Why do you say, “My troubled path is hidden from the Eternal; God has lost all interest in My cause”?Don’t you know? Haven’t you heard? The Eternal, the Everlasting God, The Creator of the whole world, never gets tired or weary. His wisdom is beyond understanding. God strengthens the weary and gives vitality to those worn down by age and care. Young people will get tired; strapping young men will stumble and fall. But those who trust in the Eternal One will regain their strength. They will soar on wings as eagles. They will run—never winded, never weary. They will walk—never tired, never faint.” -Isaiah 40:27-31 (VOICE)
Lord, there are times when discouragement, doubt and disappointment seem to overwhelm my life. Even in those times help me to keep my focus firmly placed on you and help me to continue on the course that you have placed before me. If I cannot run at least I can plod on for your glory, Lord. You will never forget me; even when others may. You are my One, True, Faithful companion that I can always count on. Thank you for always being available for me. Lord, You are amazing! I want to be found faithful to you as well. I will press on!