Monday, June 11, 2012

He Never Forgets

He Never Forgets about You, NEVER!
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Yet the chief butler did not remember Joseph, but forgot him. Genesis 40:23

Joseph had a specific calling upon his life. God had given him dreams about his future. Joseph made the mistake of sharing those dreams with his brothers. They became envious of him and hated him. They even put him in a pit to get rid of him.  Josephs brothers came up with a plan to sell him into slavery. Joseph was then taken away to Egypt as a slave. Yet while serving as a slave the Lord was with him, and blessed the work of his hands. But not long after, he was falsely accused by his masters wife and thrown into a prison. While in prison the Lord gave Joseph favor and promoted him to a position of authority. One day, while serving in the prison, Joseph had a "divine appointment" with two of the Pharaohs officers who were incarcerated. He met a butler and a baker. Turns out they both had dreams, and Joseph was able to interpret their dreams. The butlers dream had a happy ending restoring him to his position in the palace. When Josephs interpretation came to pass he asked the butler to remember him. He was hoping the butler would put in a good word for him in order that he could be released. AS the butler left the cell, you can only imagine that Joseph was anticipating his freedom any day. However the scriptures tell us "he did not remember Joseph but forgot about him.
How discouraging this must have been for Joseph. He had been faithful everywhere he had gone. God had been with him, but it seemed that not only had the butler forgotten him, but perhaps the Lord had forgotten him as well. For the next two years Joseph stayed behind bars without a hope of ever being released. But what Joseph did not know is that the Lord had not forgotten about him. In fact unbeknownst to Joseph the Lord was setting the stage for his deliverance. Not only would Joseph be delivered but he would be promoted to be the second most powerful ruler in Egypt. 

Perhaps you feel abandoned today. Maybe you think that the Lord has forgotten about you. Listen you and I, we don't know what tomorrow holds. We don't  know the mind of the Lord. God is working even when we cannot see Him working. He is doing things in our lives, and in the lives of others around us. God never forgets about you. I have found great comfort in the following Old Testament passage, 
Can a woman forget her nursing child, And not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, Yet I will not forget you.See, I have inscribed you on the palms [of My hands]; Your walls [are] continually before Me. Isaiah 49:15-16