It had been eleven years since Joseph was sold into slavery. And since then he’d been falsely accused and thrown into prison. Finally, Joseph thought, things might be turning around. He had a chance to interpret a dream for Pharaoh’s chief cupbearer, a man who had access to the king. Joseph asked him to speak to the king on his behalf (Genesis 40:14). But the cupbearer forgot. It didn’t work out the way Joseph hoped — and certainly not when Joseph hoped. But God had a bigger plan and a better time.
God’s Timing Is Best
Joseph did not fully understand God’s plan. He did not know what God had in store. There is no way he could have known. So he could not appreciate God’s timing.
The same is true for us. We do not know what God has planned. But we can trust that He will carry out His plan, and he will do it in His perfect time. He is never early, and He is never late. We just need to trust in him.
God’s Methods Are Best
God gave Pharaoh a revelation in the form of two dreams. But the most powerful man in the land (the king) and the wisest men in the land (the magicians and the wise men) could not understand them. It took a lowly slave and prisoner who put his trust in God to interpret the dream.
God has given us various forms of revelation: creation, scripture, and Jesus Christ. But just like with Pharaoh’s dreams, these revelations confuse the wise and powerful in the world. Only those who trust in God are able to understand them.
In bringing the years of plenty and the years of famine, God showed that Pharaoh, a powerful king, was every bit as subject to God’s will as Joseph, a slave and a prisoner. God does as He will and accomplishes His purposes when we trust in him.
God’s Outcome Is Best
Joseph’s desired outcome was to be released from prison, to be freed from slavery, and to return to his family. God had a better plan. God exalted Joseph over Egypt. He used Joseph to save the world from famine. And in all of this God continued to unfold the story of redemption.