Dreams continued–Genesis 41 part 1

After interpreting the dreams for Pharoah’s officials, Joseph sat in jail for 2 more years.  That was probably the most demoralizing thing in the world.  He did what God said, he acted in a way to honor God and he sought God for pharoah’s officials—still no change.  Joseph had no idea that the waiting he was doing would save Israel and save Egypt.  But that was about to change.  Pharoah had dreams and God had an interpreter.  Had Joseph been released earlier, he would have returned to Canaan.  But, now God was about to make Joseph’s dreams come true.

In our lives, we cannot see the end.  We sometimes lose hope that God cares or has a plan.  The truth is he always has a plan.  When he reveals it, it is always the right one.  We can never lose hope.  Even if weeks, months or even years pass.  We have to wait patiently and trust God to do what he will.  When we do, he is faithful to lead and provide.  He will execute his plan and we will see his way is best.  Help me. Lord to follow your plan.

God Bless You

41 When two full years had passed, Pharaoh had a dream: He was standing by the Nile, 2 when out of the river there came up seven cows, sleek and fat, and they grazed among the reeds. 3 After them, seven other cows, ugly and gaunt, came up out of the Nile and stood beside those on the riverbank. 4 And the cows that were ugly and gaunt ate up the seven sleek, fat cows. Then Pharaoh woke up.

5 He fell asleep again and had a second dream: Seven heads of grain, healthy and good, were growing on a single stalk. 6 After them, seven other heads of grain sprouted—thin and scorched by the east wind. 7 The thin heads of grain swallowed up the seven healthy, full heads. Then Pharaoh woke up; it had been a dream.

9 Then the chief cupbearer said to Pharaoh, “Today I am reminded of my shortcomings. 10 Pharaoh was once angry with his servants, and he imprisoned me and the chief baker in the house of the captain of the guard. 11 Each of us had a dream the same night, and each dream had a meaning of its own. 12 Now a young Hebrew was there with us, a servant of the captain of the guard. We told him our dreams, and he interpreted them for us, giving each man the interpretation of his dream. 13 And things turned out exactly as he interpreted them to us: I was restored to my position, and the other man was impaled.”

14 So Pharaoh sent for Joseph, and he was quickly brought from the dungeon. When he had shaved and changed his clothes, he came before Pharaoh.

Forget me not–Genesis 40 part 2

When God does amazing things in our lives, we would like to finish the story with the Phrase—“And they lived Happily ever after!” That unfortunately is rarely the case. Like any journey, the road is rarely smooth.  There are ups and downs along the way.  Such was the case with Joseph.  Joseph saw God interpret the dreams of Pharaoh’s officials==only to be forgotten in prison.  What a heartbreak…Our so it seemed.  God’s prep time and ours are always different.  We can never expect him to move at our pace.  He is most concerned that we are ready and blessed—never that we are comfortable and happy.  He wants us to be content in him, not pleased with our circumstance.  Only when Joseph was contrnt as the head trustee in the prison could God use him to save the world.  ‘

It is the same with us, only when we are content in our circumstance—will God be able to use us to complete what lies ahead.  Help me Lord to be content, so then I can be used by you.

God Bless You

 

9 So the chief cupbearer told Joseph his dream. He said to him, “In my dream I saw a vine in front of me, 10 and on the vine were three branches. As soon as it budded, it blossomed, and its clusters ripened into grapes. 11 Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand, and I took the grapes, squeezed them into Pharaoh’s cup and put the cup in his hand.”

12 “This is what it means,” Joseph said to him. “The three branches are three days. 13 Within three days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your position, and you will put Pharaoh’s cup in his hand, just as you used to do when you were his cupbearer. 14 But when all goes well with you, remember me and show me kindness; mention me to Pharaoh and get me out of this prison. 15 I was forcibly carried off from the land of the Hebrews, and even here I have done nothing to deserve being put in a dungeon.”

16 When the chief baker saw that Joseph had given a favorable interpretation, he said to Joseph, “I too had a dream: On my head were three baskets of bread. 17 In the top basket were all kinds of baked goods for Pharaoh, but the birds were eating them out of the basket on my head.”

18 “This is what it means,” Joseph said. “The three baskets are three days. 19 Within three days Pharaoh will lift off your head and impale your body on a pole. And the birds will eat away your flesh.”

20 Now the third day was Pharaoh’s birthday, and he gave a feast for all his officials. He lifted up the heads of the chief cupbearer and the chief baker in the presence of his officials: 21 He restored the chief cupbearer to his position, so that he once again put the cup into Pharaoh’s hand— 22 but he impaled the chief baker, just as Joseph had said to them in his interpretation.

23 The chief cupbearer, however, did not remember Joseph; he forgot him.

Not My Plan…Genesis 40 part 2

We all want to know what is ahead, but, we all expect it to be great.  Never when we plan our future do we plan for it to stink.  Joseph never dreamed he would be serving as a trustee in the Pharaoh’s prison.  The Baker and cupbearer never dreamed they would be placing their hope in a Hebrew slave to tell them what was ahead for them.  We ALL want to know the future for our lives, but we also want to manipulate it to our benefit.  Joseph told the cupbearer and baker what lie ahead—great news for the cupbearer, not so much for the baker.  Not so much for Joseph, either.

God is going to do what his plan calls for.  We will be affected.  It rarely goes as we plan for it to, but he always provides and always uses it in our lives.  If we submit, follow and trust him, we will find peace and spend eternity with him.  Those are great things, beyond that, there simply are no guarantees.  We must, like Paul learn to be content in all circumstance and know we can do all things thru Christ who strengthens us.  Help me Lord to be content with your plan.

God Bless You

 

Then Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell me your dreams.”

9 So the chief cupbearer told Joseph his dream. He said to him, “In my dream I saw a vine in front of me, 10 and on the vine were three branches. As soon as it budded, it blossomed, and its clusters ripened into grapes. 11 Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand, and I took the grapes, squeezed them into Pharaoh’s cup and put the cup in his hand.”

12 “This is what it means,” Joseph said to him. “The three branches are three days. 13 Within three days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your position, and you will put Pharaoh’s cup in his hand, just as you used to do when you were his cupbearer. 14 But when all goes well with you, remember me and show me kindness; mention me to Pharaoh and get me out of this prison. 15 I was forcibly carried off from the land of the Hebrews, and even here I have done nothing to deserve being put in a dungeon.”

16 When the chief baker saw that Joseph had given a favorable interpretation, he said to Joseph, “I too had a dream: On my head were three baskets of bread. 17 In the top basket were all kinds of baked goods for Pharaoh, but the birds were eating them out of the basket on my head.”

18 “This is what it means,” Joseph said. “The three baskets are three days. 19 Within three days Pharaoh will lift off your head and impale your body on a pole. And the birds will eat away your flesh.”

20 Now the third day was Pharaoh’s birthday, and he gave a feast for all his officials. He lifted up the heads of the chief cupbearer and the chief baker in the presence of his officials: 21 He restored the chief cupbearer to his position, so that he once again put the cup into Pharaoh’s hand— 22 but he impaled the chief baker, just as Joseph had said to them in his interpretation.

23 The chief cupbearer, however, did not remember Joseph; he forgot him.

 

Michael A Smith

I’m Dreamin’…Genesis 40 part 1

In the book The Purpose Driven Life,  Rick Warren reminded us of one of the most critical principles in walking with God—It is not about you! Joseph has gone thru a great deal in his young life.  Kidnapped by his brothers and left for dead. Then he was sold into slavery and changed the lives of his Master and family.  In the midst of their blessing he was wrongfully imprisoned.  There in prison, he now was faced with the dreams of two of the Pharaoh’s officials.  What was the point—He had followed God faithfully and the result became seemingly worse by the day.  Truth was, it was not a story of Joseph.  It was not a story of Pharoaoh’s officials.  It is a story about God.  God’s Plan is about his Glory.  He uses those who follow him and they are blessed in the process. 

When we encounter God, often we are faced with trials we cannot explain, in circumstances we do not enjoy that seem to make no logical sense—because it is not about us.  It is and will always be a story of God executing his plan to achieve his goals and show himself to be the one large and in charge.  In the book experiencing God, Henry Huckaby reminds us that instead of trying to create a place for God to do an amazing thing, we need to look where he is working and join there and be a part of his plan.  Joseph continued to seek God, and as he did, God continued to use him to complete his plan.  Our Prayer needs to be the same—Help me, Lord to be a part of YOUR plan and seek you with my heart!

God Bless You

 

40 Some time later, the cupbearer and the baker of the king of Egypt offended their master, the king of Egypt. 2 Pharaoh was angry with his two officials, the chief cupbearer and the chief baker, 3 and put them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, in the same prison where Joseph was confined. 4 The captain of the guard assigned them to Joseph, and he attended them. After they had been in custody for some time, 5 each of the two men—the cupbearer and the baker of the king of Egypt, who were being held in prison—had a dream the same night, and each dream had a meaning of its own. 6 When Joseph came to them the next morning, he saw that they were dejected. 7 So he asked Pharaoh’s officials who were in custody with him in his master’s house, “Why do you look so sad today?”

8 “We both had dreams,” they answered, “but there is no one to interpret them.”

Then Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell me your dreams.”

Great work–Go To Jail Genesis 39 part 2

Joseph was being blessed by God in the midst of his slavery.  But Potiphar’s wife lied and convinced her husband to have him arrested.  Imagine the emotional hit that must have been for Joseph.  He continued to honor God in his circumstance.  He continued to honor his master even though it was difficult and the thanks he received was being put in prison.  There was no good news for Joseph that day.  In spite of the terrible injustice, Joseph continued to honor God and God blessed him.  Even in prison, he was blessed.

In our lives, many circumstances cause our lives to stink.  We think we are seeing a glimmer, but then more struggle.  The enemy would have us utterly give up and quit.  But, like Joseph, we must continue to move forward and honor God with our lives.  As we do, we will find blessing, even in the difficult circumstance.  We remember that God is God—His plan is always the right one.  We can follow him and he will walk with us through whatever circumstance we face.

Help me Lord to submit and follow.

God Bless You

 11 One day he went into the house to attend to his duties, and none of the household servants was inside. 12 She caught him by his cloak and said, “Come to bed with me!” But he left his cloak in her hand and ran out of the house.

13 When she saw that he had left his cloak in her hand and had run out of the house, 14 she called her household servants. “Look,” she said to them, “this Hebrew has been brought to us to make sport of us! He came in here to sleep with me, but I screamed. 15 When he heard me scream for help, he left his cloak beside me and ran out of the house.”

16 She kept his cloak beside her until his master came home. 17 Then she told him this story: “That Hebrew slave you brought us came to me to make sport of me. 18 But as soon as I screamed for help, he left his cloak beside me and ran out of the house.”

19 When his master heard the story his wife told him, saying, “This is how your slave treated me,” he burned with anger. 20 Joseph’s master took him and put him in prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined.

But while Joseph was there in the prison, 21 the Lord was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden. 22 So the warden put Joseph in charge of all those held in the prison, and he was made responsible for all that was done there. 23 The warden paid no attention to anything under Joseph’s care, because the Lord was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did.

God Blessed all He Touched-Genesis 39 part 1

Joseph was given a raw deal.  He did the right things, he honored God and still, he was almost killed and ultimately sold as a slave.  BUT, what Joseph did—in his circumstances, always honored God and those he touched.  When he became a slave to Potiphar, he was clearly different.  He did great work and his love for God and God’s love for him translated into a blessing for his master.  The more he was trusted, the more his master was blessed.

 That is the Kind of person we need to be.  We need to be able to trust and honor God—no matter the circumstance.  It is difficult.  There are hours in everyday when you simply want to quit, give up and walk away.  But, we are called to walk in his path and follow him.  He promises to lead and provide all along the way.  It may not be in the way we expect, but, it is always his hand leading and providing.  We simply need to focus on honoring him with our lives and allow him to bless us and our “masters” because if us.  Help me, Lord to be a blessing to you.

 God Bless You

Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. Potiphar, an Egyptian who was one of Pharaoh’s officials, the captain of the guard, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him there.

2 The Lord was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. 3 When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did, 4 Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned. 5 From the time he put him in charge of his household and of all that he owned, the Lord blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph. The blessing of the Lord was on everything Potiphar had, both in the house and in the field. 6 So Potiphar left everything he had in Joseph’s care; with Joseph in charge, he did not concern himself with anything except the food he ate.

God’s Ways-Genesis 38

The story of Judah and his Daughter- in-law is a great demonstration of God’s ways not being our ways.  If I were planning the lineage of the Savior of the world, I probably would not have used a one night stand between a father and his son’s widow to start things off.  In Romans 8, Paul tells us that all things work together for Good to those who love God and are called according to his purpose.  It seems, however, that time and again his strategies are totally different than ours.  If we can truly grasp that—we are released from the fear that God will not complete his purpose in our lives.  His purpose will rarely look like we would have laid it out, but, it will always have his prints on it and he will be glorified when we submit and follow.  We have to walk by faith in the light he has given and be content to allow him to work out what is left.  God can use practically any circumstance in our lives to show his greatness—simply allow him to do so.

God Bless You

24 About three months later Judah was told, “Your daughter-in-law Tamar is guilty of prostitution, and as a result she is now pregnant.” Judah said, “Bring her out and have her burned to death!” 25 As she was being brought out, she sent a message to her father-in-law. “I am pregnant by the man who owns these,” she said. And she added, “See if you recognize whose seal and cord and staff these are.” 26 Judah recognized them and said, “She is more righteous than I, since I wouldn’t give her to my son Shelah.” And he did not sleep with her again.27 When the time came for her to give birth, there were twin boys in her womb. 28 As she was giving birth, one of them put out his hand; so the midwife took a scarlet thread and tied it on his wrist and said, “This one came out first.” 29 But when he drew back his hand, his brother came out, and she said, “So this is how you have broken out!” And he was named Perez. 30 Then his brother, who had the scarlet thread on his wrist, came out. And he was named Zerah.

Jeremiah 29:11

New International Version (NIV)

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.