Genesis 40:14-15, “But think on me when it shall be well with thee, and shew kindness, I pray thee, unto me, and make mention of me unto Pharaoh, and bring me out of this house: For indeed I was stolen away out of the land of the Hebrews: and here also have I done nothing that they should put me into the dungeon.”
Joseph saw an opportunity to be released from prison and like most of us, he used it. He used his gift of interpreting dreams and his favor with the butler to request a ‘get out of jail card’. He asked the butler to remember him and mention his name to Pharaoh that he may be delivered from the prison, but that was not the plan of God.
Isn’t it something how we think we can use our prestige, name, and gift as a ticket out of a situation that God has arranged? It wasn’t Joseph’s time yet to delivered from the prison. Besides that, the Lord wanted Pharaoh to summon Joseph for interpretation of his dream not that of the butler’s.
Just because we have opportunity to avoid a test or escape a challenge doesn’t mean we are supposed to. Joseph needed more ‘tenderizing’ and so do we some times. The Lord took Joseph through all of those processes to prepare him for PALACE MINISTRY. You can’t shortcut the prison and lay claim on the palace!
I don’t know who the ‘butler’ is that you thought was your sure ticket out, but the Lord is saying, DON’T TRUST IN THE BUTLER, TRUST IN ME! And I will bring you out at the APPOINTED TIME!
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