There is little doubt that Joseph could only speak the truth. Yet, the poor baker when he heard the news, kinda wished he did not know. It is a difficult lesson to remember– that just because God is involved, does not mean all things turn out well. For some reason, man always expects for things to be great. We are optimists.
But, Joseph knew better than anyone, God’s plan is not always fun. He was sitting in a dungeon, after being enslaved by his brothers, who were originally going to Kill him because he interpreted a couple of his own dreams. The original Grim fairy tale!
In a fallen world, God uses trial, tribulation and travesty to refine and temper us like steel. It is a difficult process, and often we are simply observers to what God is doing in our lives and the lives of others. Despite the trauma of daily life, we also see the great blessings of following the Lord, and, if we are paying attention, we see his plans unfold in a way that is amazing.
The horrific Holocaust during World War II was unspeakable! The senseless murder of millions of men, women and children–simply because they were God’s chosen race carried NO redeeming value. Yet, as a result of the inhuman horror, Harry Truman led the charge to return Israel to its rightful owners. And now, in 2015–Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the Jews from around the globe to come home. He assured them, provision had been made to embrace them in their promised Land!
Life is tough, and just because our dreams may come true; it does not mean that is cause for celebration. We must live prepared to face the life we are given; and–not necessarily remain bitter if it different than what we would plan for ourselves. God loves us and offers us–an eternity in fellowship with him and peace in the midst of chaos. There can be more, and it may be easy–but, if it is not…we MUST remain faithful!
God Bless You
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.[a] 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.”