In Genesis 41, sitting in his prison cell, forsaken and abandoned, all hope for a release gone and several thoughts, obviously thoughts of despair are running through his mind. He struggles to find a place in his heart that still believed that God is able. Not so sure but not giving up entirely, he sighs and whispers to himself ‘Lord if this is to be my lot, then have your way and take all the glory, but help me with the strength to carry on’
Thinking about Joseph, I think the above scenario fits into his life as a prisoner of Potiphar. It is not a strange thing to find a Christian who has had to go through tough situations. That kind of Christian might be even be you right now. Your situation may not at all be enviable. You have applied all the faith you knew to apply but the heavens seems to be shut up against you. You have been tempted many times to give God deadlines. In fact, you have told God do it or you would quit; He didn’t show up the way you wanted yet you couldn’t quit (or maybe you did) and now you are here with this bulletin in your hand and you are reading it.
The good thing is that the first paragraph is not where the story of Joseph ends. This is about two years after his dream interpretation for two of pharaohs servants had come pass and he had expected that the butler would have pushed his case forward but alas, as man would always fail, he had forgotten about Joseph
You too may have been forgotten and left to fight for life all by yourself even after you have been good to those who have now failed you but that also was not where the story of Joseph ended. I believe that as he was thinking in paragraph one, he got a message to appear before the king with immediate effect and alacrity.
His day had dawned. Psalm 105: 18- 21 refers to this event. It describes Joseph as the one “Whose feet they hurt with fetters: he was laid in iron: Until the time that his word came: the word of the LORD tried him. The king sent and loosed him; even the ruler of the people, and let him go free. He made him lord of his house, and ruler of all his substance:”
The good news for you right now is that your day has dawned. Do not consider this as just a word of encouragement. It is more than that. Your day has dawned. If it happened for Joseph and Jesus is truly the same, yesterday, today and forever, what He did for Joseph, He will duplicate in your life now.
He says, in Isaiah 43:18- 19, “Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.”
Let your bygones be bygones. I am not asking you to try God. I am asking you to believe in God as if you have never ever doubted Him before.
Why? Because I know your change is here. As far as Psalm 126 is concerned, the salvation of God for His people is not an ‘if’ thing. It is a ‘when’ thing. There the Psalmist writes “When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them. The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.”
Your ‘when’ day has come and it is come like a dream come true. This oil of favour season is for you to laugh until you shed tears of joy. I see God bamboozling you with miraculous surprises. I see you getting paid in arrears. I see you doing the things you could not do before; all like a dream. I see you going ahead and rising higher that your Potiphar. I see those who looked down on you beginning to look up to you in shame and regret.
All you need to do? Just believe and believe, for just like a dream it will so come to pass that even though you believed, you will still say, when it happens, “wao! I cant believe this.”