Life of Joseph – Part 19 – Forgetful

I hate forgetting things. Especially important things.

I remember one Saturday night years ago, sitting down at home to enjoy a quiet evening. All of a sudden I remembered that I was supposed to play the piano for a special youth event that night. The sad thing was that by the time I remembered, the event was already over! That was very out of character for me. And what really bothered me was that I had let people down. People were depending on me and it just ‘slipped my mind.’

I wonder if that’s how the cupbearer felt when he learned that no one could interpret Pharaoh’s dreams. He immediately realized he knew someone who could interpret dreams . . . and he also remembered that he was supposed to have told Pharaoh about this young Hebrew man two years earlier. His forgetfulness had caused Joseph to spend two more years in prison for something he didn’t do.

Here’s the next part of our story.


Genesis 41:9-14 / Amplified Bible (AMP)

Then the chief butler said to Pharaoh, I remember my faults today. 10 When Pharaoh was angry with his servants and put me in custody in the captain of the guard’s house, both me and the chief baker, 11 We dreamed a dream in the same night, he and I; we dreamed each of us according to [the significance of] the interpretation of his dream.

12 And there was there with us a young man, a Hebrew, servant to the captain of the guard and chief executioner; and we told him our dreams, and he interpreted them to us, to each man according to the significance of his dream. 13 And as he interpreted to us, so it came to pass; I was restored to my office [as chief butler], and the baker was hanged.

14 Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon. But Joseph [first] shaved himself, changed his clothes, and made himself presentable; then he came into Pharaoh’s presence.


Here are some truths I found.

– If we have an important part to play in someone’s destiny, God will jog our memory when necessary.

– God will work out every little detail in order for us to fulfill our destiny.

  • Pharaoh got angry with the cupbearer and baker.
  • They were put in the same prison where Joseph was.
  • God gave them dreams about their future.
  • Joseph interpreted their dreams.
  • Things worked out like Joseph said they would.
  • Later Pharaoh had strange dreams.
  • No one could interpret them.
  • The cupbearer remembered Joseph, who was still in prison.

– When the time is right, our breakthrough can happen very quickly.

– We need to prepare every area of our lives so we’re ready to walk through the doors of opportunity when God opens them for us.

Application Questions:

– When has God used me to play a part in someone’s destiny?

– What details has God worked out in my life recently–preparing me for His destiny?

– How quickly could my breakthrough happen?

– What do I need to do now–so I’m prepared to walk through the doors God is opening for me?

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