Genesis 40:14-15 & 23 & 41:1 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…Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat him…And it came to pass at the end of two full years, that Pharaoh dreamed: and behold, he stood by the river.
Today’s devotional is based on the expectations that Joseph had when he did good to the chief butler and the chief baker, by revealing their dreams.
After Joseph did good to them, he says something very interesting to the chief butler in vs 14: “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:”
He wanted the chief butler to do something for him, as a payback for what Joseph did for him, to let Pharaoh know about Joseph. But the Bible says the chief butler forgot about Joseph.
Joseph had hopes that once the chief butler talked to Pharaoh he would be out of jail. He was counting on the chief butler repaying him with good the same way he did good to him.
At times we forget one thing: when you do good to someone, and that person forgets to return good to you, however, God never forgets.
Here is a great lesson for us as Christians: always do good without expecting something in return.
As humans we have the tendency to expect something back when we do good to someone. Being grateful is a great thing. It is said that grateful people always find a way of returning the good that was given to them.
But the message here is, even if no one ever returns good to us, we need to remember that God promises to always bless the good we do.
Hebrews 6:10 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
We should always remember to do good as much as we can, for God is not unrighteous to forget what we did, even if the good gifts are never returned.
Here are a few great truths from this story:
Proverbs 3:27 Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.
People stop doing good because they expect people to return the favor.
Remember, when we do good, we are planting seeds of good, that eventually will reap blessings from God.
Proverbs 19:17 He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.
Sometimes people are not going to return good for the good we did for them. It’s ok. Let us remember that it is never forgotten by God.
It’s not going to be on our time, but on God’s time. God’s blessing two years later was better for Joseph than if the chief butler would have said something to Pharaoh on his behalf earlier. God’s blessing, in God’s timing, was greater than what the chief butler could have done for him.
Two years later, Pharaoh had a dream, and guess who reminded the chief butler about Joseph? God. And that was God’s way of reminding Joseph that He never forgot the good he did for the chief butler. Joseph was just a Hebrew boy in Egypt, who became second in command, because God remembered. I would rather wait on God’s blessing than on my expectation of payback for doing good. Let us continue doing good all the time, without expecting something in return.
Let’s remember that if people never return the good you did in the same way and even if they forgot about it. God never forgets the good.
Do we have an emotional relationship and yet move on quickly, or are we concentrated and stick it out through good times and bad?
Often it seems our circumstances pause the dream. and as dreamers we get discouraged.