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September 25, 2021

Remembering While Waiting


Some time later, Pharaoh’s chief cup-bearer and chief baker offended their royal master. Pharaoh became angry with these two officials, and he put them in the prison where Joseph was, in the palace of the captain of the guard. They remained in prison for quite some time, and the captain of the guard assigned them to Joseph, who looked after them.

While they were in prison, Pharaoh’s cup-bearer and baker each had a dream one night, and each dream had its own meaning. When Joseph saw them the next morning, he noticed that they both looked upset. “Why do you look so worried today?” he asked them.

And they replied, “We both had dreams last night, but no one can tell us what they mean.”

“Interpreting dreams is God’s business,” Joseph replied. “Go ahead and tell me your dreams.”

Genesis 40:1-8 NLT



This is always an interesting twist in Joseph’s life. He was unfairly imprisoned and tried to prove his innocence to get out. Pharaoh sent his cupbearer and baker to the same prison, and Joseph was assigned to serve them while in prison. They were important people.

Both men had dreams, but they didn’t understand what they meant. Joseph offered to interpret their dreams if they would tell him what they dreamed. They told him, and he told the cupbearer his dream meant that in three days he would be restored to his position with Pharaoh. The baker told his dream, and Joseph told him it meant in three days he would be executed by Pharaoh. Joseph asked the cupbearer to remember him and use his influence to get him out of prison.

Both dreams came true in three days—note they had been in prison a long time before they had the dreams. If you read the rest of the chapter in the Bible, you discover that when the cupbearer was released, he forgot about Joseph. For two more years, Joseph sat unjustly in prison. After two years, Pharaoh had a dream, and the cupbearer remembered Joseph. It is then that Joseph was released from prison to interpret the dream and then became the Prime Minister of Egypt.

Joseph was faithful in the prison, and it paid off. But there was a long period of time. From the time he was sold as a slave by his brothers until he was released from prison by Pharaoh was somewhere between 12 and 15 years. Joseph went from 17 to 30ish.

A theme in the Bible is that God’s people must learn to wait for the promises of God. Joseph had a dream at 17 that took a long time to come true. Abraham received a promise of a mighty nation coming from his life—he never lived to see that nation come to be under the leadership of his descendent Moses. The children of Israel left Egypt with the promise of a land that flowed with milk and honey. But it took forty years to enter the Promised Land.

Don’t be surprised when there is a waiting period that goes with the promise.



Holy Spirit, I ask You to help me when I’m in my waiting period of life. I believe You have some promises for me. Help me to remember those promises even while I am waiting.

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