A Meditation on Genesis 40:23
“Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.”
Waiting is not easy for anyone who is expecting or longing for something. At some point we all find ourselves waiting. We wait for that age when we can finally drive or get out on our own. We wait for marriage, we wait for a promotion, and we wait for life. All the while we are living in a holding pattern. That is not where God wants us to be, he wants us to live life now even while we are waiting. The life of Joseph was a life of waiting. He knew the promises of God for his life and when it seemed like it was finally going to come to pass, more waiting. The same thing happens in our lives, but far too often we end up throwing our hands in the air and saying, “It’s been too long.” Then we walk away or attempt to make something happen on our own. It is in those moments the true intentions of our hearts are revealed. We are told at the end of Genesis chapter 40 that the cupbearer forgot Joseph and chapter 41 opens by telling us that two years passed before the cupbearer remembered Joseph. Two years sounds like an eternity when you are waiting for something, but then we are told that Joseph became second next to Pharaoh. In that moment when Joseph heard the plan of Pharaoh all his waiting seemed like a flash.
I am always amazed by the birth of children. Months of waiting, weight gain, back aches and a list of other bodily ailments and yet in the moment the mother holds the child all the waiting is forgotten in an instant. Proverbs 22:4 says, “The reward for humility and fear of the LORD is riches and honor and life.” Just about the time you are ready to throw in the towel, trust the Lord all the more. Joseph waited on the Lord and the reward for his humility and fear of God was the promise of life not only for himself, but for his entire family. In your waiting, don’t become down cast or discontent. Keep living. Keep learning. Keep loving. Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added onto you.
-Pastor Corey Mitchell