So he asked Pharaoh’s officers who were with him in the custody of his lord’s house, saying, “Why do you look so sad today?” And they said to him, “We each have had a dream, and there is no interpreter of it.” So Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell them to me, please.” (Genesis 40: 7-8)
According to the Bible, Joseph had been assigned specifically, by Potiphar, to be with Pharaoh’s officers — the cupbearer and the baker — as an attendant. That action would set the stage for Joseph to be brought to the attention of Pharaoh. Before that could happen, however, Joseph’s gift for dream interpretation would have to be utilized.
Both officers had disturbing dreams and could find no one to interpret them. As the story proceeds, it becomes obvious that God is the One who gave them the dreams as well as giving Joseph the interpretation. This development will be followed with Pharaoh’s dream, given to him by God and, as with his officers, with no one to interpret it.
God has often given dreams to pagans and idolaters but has not given them the ability to understand what they mean. In fact, some of the most prophetic of dreams were given to men such as Pharaoh and, years later, Nebuchadnezzar. However, none of their seers and magicians understood; the interpretation had to come from the man God had positioned to be in the right place at the right time. However, as far as Joseph and Daniel (the one who interpreted Nebuchadnezzar’s dream) were concerned, they considered themselves to be in an undesirable situation. Both had to be tempted with the thought that they were in the wrong place at the wrong time but, as it turns out, they were right where they were supposed to be.
There is no doubt that God speaks to the heathen just as He speaks to His people. The difference is He doesn’t give them the understanding of what He is saying to them. They are left with no option but to call upon God’s people for understanding. That means you and I need to live our life in such a way that we can hear the voice of God. There is no doubt that in the days ahead God will trouble the nations and its leaders; in all likelihood, you and I will be called upon to give an answer of peace that comes straight from the Throne of God. So then, let us draw closer to Him that we may truly hear His voice in these days; His people and others are depending upon it.
Blessings and Shalom,