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. (Genesis 41:14)
For many years, Joseph had been separated from his family. We know that he spent several years in prison, enduring two of them with the knowledge that there was a person next to the king who could influence for his release. No doubt he had to wonder if everyone, including God, had forgotten him. Then one night he went to bed never realizing that across town, the most powerful man in the land was about to have a dream that would change all their lives.
It should be noted that the word translated as “dungeon” can also be rendered as a “pit.” In fact, a derivative of this same word is the one used to describe the “pit” his brothers had cast him into. Just as quickly as they had cast him, Joseph was, in similar fashion, was released. The Hebrew word, rutz, means “to move quickly, to run as if in a race.” For God’s people, when salvation comes, it is suddenly and, quite often, unexpectedly. Likewise, the coming of the Messiah will be sudden as spoken of by the prophet Micah.
“Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts.” (Malachi 3:1)
Thus, we learn that, though we may have to wait for God’s answer, when it comes it comes quickly. So then, let us not lose hope if the answer is delayed but let us continue to persevere. The answer will come and, most likely, at a time you didn’t expect and in a way you would have never imagined.
Blessings and Shalom,