41 When two full years had passed, Pharaoh had a dream: He was standing by the Nile, 2 when out of the river there came up seven cows, sleek and fat, and they grazed among the reeds. 3 After them, seven other cows, ugly and gaunt, came up out of the Nile and stood beside those on the riverbank. 4 And the cows that were ugly and gaunt ate up the seven sleek, fat cows. Then Pharaoh woke up. 5 He fell asleep again and had a second dream: Seven heads of grain, healthy and good, were growing on a single stalk. 6 After them, seven other heads of grain sprouted—thin and scorched by the east wind. 7 The thin heads of grain swallowed up the seven healthy, full heads. Then Pharaoh woke up; it had been a dream. 8 In the morning his mind was troubled, so he sent for all the magicians and wise men of Egypt. Pharaoh told them his dreams, but no one could interpret them for him. 9 Then the chief cupbearer said to Pharaoh, “Today I am reminded of my shortcomings. 10 Pharaoh was once angry with his servants, and he imprisoned me and the chief baker in the house of the captain of the guard. 11 Each of us had a dream the same night, and each dream had a meaning of its own. 12 Now a young Hebrew was there with us, a servant of the captain of the guard. We told him our dreams, and he interpreted them for us, giving each man the interpretation of his dream. 13 And things turned out exactly as he interpreted them to us: I was restored to my position, and the other man was impaled.”
What I love most about this passage is the way God works to orchestrate His purpose to come about, as only He can. Pharaoh, a man of infinite power, was untouchable in Egypt at the time. He was at the top of the country, answerable to no one…. Yet God was able to give him dreams and bring him to a point where he was in need of assistance from Joseph, a man who was a lowly prisoner. For Joseph, wallowing in prison year after year, it probably would have felt like there was no hope, with no indication of when or if he would be released – especially after he had been promised by the cupbearer that he would not be forgotten. Yet God was already at work, in ways that Joseph wasn’t aware of, to bring Joseph to a place of freedom and hope.
I am encouraged by this because it reminds me that even when things are not going well, or as I feel they should, God is already at work – even if I can’t perceive what He is doing. My prayer is that I would have faith to hang in there and believe that my God is mighty, powerful & at work for my benefit, regardless of what my circumstances look like.
God, thank you that you are all powerful. There is nothing that can stop your plans from coming about. Thank you that my future and hope are safe when I place them in your hands. Help me to cling on to you! Amen.
Written by Ps. Madelaine Tarasenko