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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 4/10/2012

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

JOSPEH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 4/10 /2012

Genesis 40:1-41:1
FORGOTTEN, BUT NOT FORSAKEN, Lesson 48c

V. 20-41:1 PRISON DISAPPOINTMENTS

The dreams of the butler and the baker were fulfilled just as Joseph said they would be. The butler was restored to his office and the baker was executed by Pharaoh. Now, Joseph had asked the butler to remember him when we was restored to his office, (Gen 40:14-15). But, we are told, the man “forgat him”, (Gen 40:23). Surely this must have broken Joseph’s heart.

I can imagine Joseph heading to his cell when the butler was released, thinking, “I’d better pack! That man will tell Pharaoh about me and about this miscarriage of justice and I will be set free!” I am sure that every time the prison door opened, Joseph thought it was some people coming to set him at liberty. But, the butler “forgat him”.

Days turned into weeks; weeks into months and months into two long years, (Gen. 41:1). All the while Joseph is still in his prison, disappointed, but waiting on God to move in his time. This prison disappointment served to teach Joseph two valuable lessons. They lessons that we need to learn as well.

1. Joseph learned that he should never put his confidence in man – He tried to get help from human sources, but it failed. The fact is, there is no real help in man. Our only help comes from the Lord. He may use humans as His instruments, but behind the provision is the hand of the Almighty ( Psa. 121:1-8)!

2. Joseph learned, once again, that God’s unseen hand moves us along a hidden pathway. He would like to have been freed long before he was, but, it wasn’t God’s time! When the time came, Joseph was released and not a minute before. We need to learn this truth: Our God is seldom early, but He is never late! He always moves right on time!

Cosider this question: When did He feed Elijah? Morning and evening – right on time! When did He rescue the three Hebrew boys? Not when they would have liked, but right on time! When did He help Daniel? Not when Daniel would have preferred it, but right on time! When did Jesus come to His men on the sea in the stormy night? Not when they thought they needed Him, but right on time!

There will be some disappointments in our prison experiences as well. The Lord will not move when we think He ought to and we will get discouraged. We will reach out for human help and find that it always falls far short. This too will disappoint us. When those times of disappointment come, we can either get discouraged and look for a place to quit, or we can do like Joseph. We should stay the course for the glory of the Lord and serve Him faithfully. We should ever remember that even though we may feel forgotten, we will never be forsaken by the Lord. In His time, He will visit our prison and He will set us free!

Conc: This is a bad place to leave our hero. He has done the right things every time he had a chance and still he suffers for “righteousness sake”. There he stands falsely accused, wrongly imprisoned and now, he is also forgotten. Joseph cannot see it, but the wheels of providence are slowly advancing. God is slowly but surely lining up everything in Joseph’s life just the way it needs to be. Soon the plans and purposes of God will become crystal clear!

The same is true in your life as well. Some of you are looking at disappointments and discouragements and you do not know how to handle them. The best thing you can do is bring them to the Lord, learn to leave them in His capable hand and ask Him for the joy and grace you need to survive and thrive in the prisons of life. There is help for you in the Lord! You might feel forgotten, but I hope you know that you will never be forsaken by Him!

TODAY’S HYMN and BLESSING!
“Remind Me, Dear Lord” By Dottie Rambo (1966)

The things that I love I hold dear to my heart They are borrowed and Not mine at all
Jesus only let me use them To brighten my life So remind me, remind me dear Lord.

Refrain:
Roll back the curtain of memory now and then Show me where you brought me from and
Where i could have been Just remember I'm a human and human's forget So remind me, remind me dear Lord.

Nothing good have i done To deserve God's own Son I'm not worthy of the scars In His hands Yet he chose the road to Calvary To die in my stead Why He loved me i can't understand

Refrain:
Roll back the curtain of memory now and then
Show me where you brought me from and
Where i could have been
Just remember I'm a human and human's forget
So remind me, remind me dear Lord

Repeat:
Just remember I'm a human and human's forget
So remind me, remind me dear Lord

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JCDUBEA63 4/10/2012 10:31PM

    God is awesome and is right on time!! Not our impatient time but his!! Awesome Blog thank u for inviting me to read and join the team!! I know it is God working in our lives!!

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BITTYGIRL51 4/10/2012 10:40AM

    Although I admit I don't like the term "prison experience", I do feel like that is where I am at right now in my life. I don't feel as though God has forsaken me, but I DO feel as though I am not "getting my way" right now - and that is very difficult for me, since I grew up as a very spoiled and indulged child. God dealt with me as a young adult and continued throughout my life to show me that it wasn't going to be the way I wanted it, no matter how hard I tried to get in His way. I'm so thankful for his mercy.

At 61 yrs. of age I'm still learning as I quote what you said, "There will be some disappointments in our prison experiences as well. The Lord will not move when we think He ought to and we will get discouraged" ...although discouraged some days because my life is not what I thought it would be today, I'm not giving up. I am as you so aptly put going to "stay the course"...and to God be the Glory!

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SCTRACKER 4/10/2012 10:36AM

    Thank you for posting this study of the life of Joseph.

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AVANELL 4/10/2012 8:11AM

    God sees the big picture; I only see fragments of my life's past and present. My future is hidden from my sight but laid bare before the Lord. I can trust Him to bring the help I need exactly when I need it! Thank You, Lord, for Your perfect timing!

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