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. Then he restored the chief butler to his butlership again, and he placed the cup in Pharaoh's hand. But he hanged the chief baker, as Joseph had interpreted to them. Yet the chief butler did not remember Joseph, but forgot him. (Genesis 40:20-23)
- Joseph was thrown into prison because of a false accusation. Like Joseph, we may be trapped and left alone to suffer, by fair or unfair circumstance.
- Joseph walked with God in prison. Like Joseph, we should persevere in faith during difficult time.
- Joseph helped fellow prisoners. Like Joseph, we should continue to help others in grim conditions.
- Joseph’s kindness was forgotten. The cupbearer had been freed and returned to the king’s service, just as Joseph told him would happen. But Joseph remained in prison for some time. Memory is short; people tend to forget our good deeds after a period of time.
- But God did not forget Joseph. He lifted him up to be the second in the kingdom of Pharaoh. At 30 years of age, Joseph became the prime minister of Egypt. Likewise, Jesus sits at the right hand of God, and our prayers reach the throne of the King without fail because our Savior is our Mediator.
- God will not forget His children. He cares for all the things in our lives, big and small. When we feel alone, let’s remember to rest in the confidence of Jesus’ promise to be with us forever (Matt. 28:20).