While… in prison, Pharaoh’s cup-bearer and baker each had a dream one night, and each dream had its own meaning. When Joseph saw them the next morning, he noticed that they both looked upset. “Why do you look so worried today?” he asked them (Genesis 40:6-7 NLT)
Beloved, have you ever read this story about Joseph and his encounter with Pharaoh’s chief cup-bearer and baker in prison and imagined what would have happened if Joseph didn’t observe that they were worried and even more… if he didn’t ask them why they looked that way?
Joseph had a God-given dream which wasn’t exactly as straightforward as we would like it to be. There wasn’t a map handed to Joseph to say this is how to get from where you are now to your destination. He didn’t have an easy ride but what I’m learning about Joseph is that he had to spot the opportunities God placed in front of him.
The captain of the guard assigned Joseph to look after Pharaohs chief cup-bearer and baker (Genesis 40:4) and one morning, as he was attending to them, Joseph noticed their countenance and it was only when he asked what was wrong that… they replied, “We both had dreams last night, but no one can tell us what they mean. ” Interpreting dreams is God’s business,” Joseph replied. “Go ahead and tell me your dreams.”(Genesis 40:8 NLT)
This gave Joseph the opportunity to put his gift to work. He went on to interpret their dreams which later worked in his favour as it brought him before the king. The king had his own dream which needed interpreting… Pharaoh sent for Joseph at once, and he was quickly brought from the prison. After he shaved and changed his clothes, he went in and stood before Pharaoh. Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I had a dream last night, and no one here can tell me what it means. But I have heard that when you hear about a dream you can interpret it.” (Genesis 41:14-15 NLT)
Joseph interpreted the dream and this was the end result… Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has revealed the meaning of the dreams to you, clearly no one else is as intelligent or wise as you are. You will be in charge of my court, and all my people will take orders from you. Only I, sitting on my throne, will have a rank higher than yours.” Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I hereby put you in charge of the entire land of Egypt.” (Genesis 41:39-41 NLT)
Beloved, when it’s your season, the Lord would give you opportunities here and there but how many opportunities have you overlooked? Perhaps when it’s that time, that’s when the enemy would want to distract you; all to shift your focus. Joseph could have easily focused on offence; these are Potiphar’s people that joined to throw me in prison but he seized his opportunity and he walked into God’s purpose. Are you recognising your opportunity?