“But remember me when it is well with you, and please show kindness to me; make mention of me to Pharaoh, and get me out of this house. For indeed I was stolen away from the land of the Hebrews; and also I have done nothing here that they should put me into the dungeon.” (Genesis 40: 14-15)
After the cupbearer recounted his dream, Joseph interpreted it as meaning the servant of Pharaoh was to be restored to his former position. As we know it turned out to be exactly that. It is with the favorable interpretation that Joseph requests of this important official, “Make mention of me unto Pharaoh” adding that he was an innocent man. This is the first time, on record anyway, that Joseph speaks up about his innocence. If this was the exception, Joseph was a great man of faith and patience. However, some deduce that Joseph might have been placing his faith in a man, instead of God.
After three days of receiving this word, the cupbearer was indeed restored to his position and quickly forgot about the man who had given him hope. For Joseph, the waiting — and the hoping — would continue. Perhaps he did think that once this man was released from his captivity he would repay Joseph with a good report to Pharaoh. But it didn’t turn out that way – at least not when Joseph thought it would.
Some times, most times in fact, these things do not happen as we might imagine they would or should. Very often, the promise and deliverance we long for are delayed and the people we thought would give us the step up we need don’t come through. It just goes to show that, in the end, God will do things His way and in His time. Our responsibility is to trust Him in the meantime and continue to believe and to hope. Things we expect to happen may not occur when and how we thought they would but, if God said it, it will happen. Most of time, He does it when we’re not expecting it. So hold on. Don’t give up! Never lose faith.
Blessings and Shalom,