Short daily devotionals for the socially distanced. These are thoughts from my daily time in the word. I use a bible reading plan that will have me in a different section of Scripture every day.
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Monday, May 4th
Readings: Genesis 37-41
23 Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.
41 After two whole years, Pharaoh dreamed that he was standing by the Nile,
— Ge 40:23–41:(ESV)
I don’t like waiting. Being made to wait makes me feel limited in every way, and I don’t enjoy it. The lie of our culture – that you don’t need to wait for anything – has perpetuated this impatience within me. I really don’t like waiting.
But, the Bible, and life, is full of waiting. Waiting is an essential part of knowing God, of following Him, of trusting Him. Waiting isn’t a waste, hurrying to something before you should, is.
There is a two year gap between the last verse of Genesis 40 and the first verse of Genesis 41, and in this two years Joseph remains in jail for a crime he didn’t commit. He had done everything right even while he was in jail, and had kindly served, using the gift that God had given him, and had used the gift well and skillfully, and yet …
the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.
The temptation for Joseph to grow bitter while he waited was real and must have been powerful. How could he forget him? He had changed his life! Where was God? What was happening? Why did he have to wait?
But, God was working something behind what Joseph could see. God always works on a timeline that is significantly different to our own. That shouldn’t surprise us. He knows what we don’t know, and He exists outside of the urgent tyranny of time that binds us. He isn’t bound, and so He can work His purposes out across generations, if necessary.
But, I still don’t like to wait. I must though, patiently, faithfully.
Friends, this is a season of waiting for many of us. This is a season when we sense an urgency of time, time that is slipping away from us while we wait for some sort of resolution. Have we been forgotten? Will we grow bitter? Or will we, like Joseph, wait for what God has for us in His good timing.
…but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
— Is 40:31 (ESV)
Courage, dear friends.