The old Baptist joke was when someone said- “I’ll be praying for you,” they really meant I’ll be forgetting you. As silly as that may sound, unfortunately, it is often very true. Our daily lives often interfere with our best intentions.
The cupbearer certainly intended to help Joseph when he left the prison. But the readjusting to the job and sheer joy of freedom replaced any sense of loyalty or duty the cupbearer had for Joseph.
In our lives we often start our day with the best intentions only to find that those intentions are quickly clouded by day-to-day pressures.
To confront the problem., Christians need to be proactive in their ministry. When we pray for people, we should pray immediately not plan to at a later date. When we see ministry needs, we simply need to help – not ask how we can help. People appreciate good intentions, but, they need true ministry. Help me Lord, to be a doer of the word, not simply a hearer with good intentions.
God Bless You
Two full years later, Pharaoh dreamed that he was standing on the bank of the Nile River.
Finally, the king’s chief cup-bearer spoke up. “Today I have been reminded of my failure,” he told Pharaoh.
One night the chief baker and I each had a dream, and each dream had its own meaning.
There was a young Hebrew man with us in the prison who was a slave of the captain of the guard. We told him our dreams, and he told us what each of our dreams meant.
And everything happened just as he had predicted. I was restored to my position as cup-bearer, and the chief baker was executed and impaled on a pole.”
Pharaoh sent for Joseph at once, and he was quickly brought from the prison. After he shaved and changed his clothes, he went in and stood before Pharaoh