Promise forgotten

Chapters Read: Genesis 40:1 – 41:57

“But when all goes well with you, remember me and show me kindness; mention me to Pharaoh and get me out of this prison.” – Genesis 40:14

“The chief cupbearer, however, did not remember Joseph; he forgot him.” – Genesis 40:23

The moment he was released from prison, the chief cupbearer forgot about Joseph who interpreted his dream and gave him hope while he was still in prison. And sometimes, we are also guilty of doing the same. We remember people when we need them, but when we’re comfortable and quite content with our lives, we tend to forget those people who stayed with us during our dark times.

But as we read Chapter 41, we see that though the chief cupbearer forgot, the Lord did not. In His time, he allowed the cupbearer to remember Joseph and testify of his gift of interpretation to the Pharaoh. 

God’s timing is always perfect. If the chief cupbearer remembered Joseph immediately after he was released, he would not have any proof of what Joseph did to show the pharaoh. But God allowed him to forget, so that when the time comes that the pharaoh would dream, he would call on Joseph and he would know that the cupbearer’s words were true.

Intentional or not, people forget and break their promises. But don’t despair. God never forgets and He always keeps His promises. In the right time, we’ll understand why things did not work out the way we wanted it to.


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