After two whole years, Pharaoh dreamed that he was standing by the Nile, and behold, there came up out of the Nile seven cows attractive and plump, and they fed in the reed grass. And behold, seven other cows, ugly and thin, came up out of the Nile after them, and stood by the other cows on the bank of the Nile. And the ugly, thin cows ate up the seven attractive, plump cows. And Pharaoh awoke. And he fell asleep and dreamed a second time. And behold, seven ears of grain, plump and good, were growing on one stalk. And behold, after them sprouted seven ears, thin and blighted by the east wind. And the thin ears swallowed up the seven plump, full ears. And Pharaoh awoke, and behold, it was a dream. So in the morning his spirit was troubled, and he sent and called for all the magicians of Egypt and all its wise men. Pharaoh told them his dreams, but there was none who could interpret them to Pharaoh.
Then the chief cupbearer said to Pharaoh, “I remember my offenses today. When Pharaoh was angry with his servants and put me and the chief baker in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, we dreamed on the same night, he and I, each having a dream with its own interpretation. A young Hebrew was there with us, a servant of the captain of the guard. When we told him, he interpreted our dreams to us, giving an interpretation to each man according to his dream. And as he interpreted to us, so it came about. I was restored to my office, and the baker was hanged.” Genesis 41:1-13 ESV
What gain has the worker from his toil? I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man. Ecclesiastes 3:9-13 ESV
“Mommy, when are Grandpa and Grandma going to get here?” Danny asked. His grandparents were coming to visit, and he was very eager to see them. He kept looking out the window to see their car. It seemed like they would never come. “Are they coming soon? When will they come?” Danny kept asking. His mother said, “They’ll get here when they’re ready. We know they’ll come, but we don’t know what time.”
Joseph probably felt a lot like Danny. When would the chief cupbearer remember him? It had been two years since he had told the meaning of his dream! He had asked the chief cupbearer to say a good word for him, but it hadn’t happened. Joseph’s whole life seemed to be one of waiting for God to do something good for him. Everything had seemed to go wrong. First he was sold into slavery and taken into a foreign country, then he was thrown into prison. Why was God taking so long to help him?
But the time had come that God was going to turn things around for Joseph. God had a very important job for Joseph to do, and Joseph’s waiting was over! The reason for everything that Joseph had suffered, and all the waiting he had done, would very soon become clear to him. God was about to call on him, and he would be ready.
God has work for us to do, too. He might not call on us to be as famous or as powerful as Joseph would soon become, but whatever God gives us to do, he promises to be with us and help us. Sometimes God might allow us to have troubles or to have to wait for good things to happen. These are times when we can trust his promise that he won’t ever leave us or stop loving us. We can always look at Jesus’ troubles that took him to the cross. This was God’s good work that Jesus came to do, and he did it for us!
Dear Heavenly Father, help us to trust you to work through the troubles and waiting in our life, and to do all our work every day for you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.