11. a. Joseph asked the cupbearer, “when all goes well with you, remember me and show me kindness; mention me to Pharaoh and get me out of this prison.”
b. The chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph to Pharaoh. He forgot him.
12. Joseph surely remembered the stories of the challenges his father, Jacob, relayed to him. I believe he had a sense of destiny passed down from generation to generation. He must have rehearsed those stories over and over in his mind. He must have pondered the dream that his fathers and brothers would bow down to him.We do not know if and when God gave him the interpretation of that dream prior to its fulfillment.
The fruit in Joseph’s life gives evidence of his relationship with and trust in God.
While his circumstances were difficult, through it all, he must have seen the hand of God on his life.
13. Joseph became a living sacrifice – dying to his old nature. Separated from his father, he no longer lived the life of the beloved son. I think he needed to be away from the influence of his brothers as much as he needed to learn humility.
Joseph’s life reminds me of the life of Jesus. Jesus was physically exiled from His Father God and the majesty of heaven in order to become our salvation.
The Lord is always asking us, “Do you trust me?” and “Do you love me?” I don’t believe that everything that happens is in God’s control, because He gave us free will. While we are going through trying times, it can be a consequence of our own choices, an attack of the evil one (or an attack inspired by the evil one), or the hand of God. Often it is a complicated blending of two or more. However, “We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.” Romans 8:28 AMP
Pray that I will be a living sacrifice, wholly and completely submitted to His plan and purpose for my life.