Summary: Some of you are looking at disappointments and discouragements and you do not know how to handle them.
Pastor Allan Kircher
Shell Point Baptist Church
Jan 19th, 2014
FORGOTTEN, BUT NOT FORSAKEN
• Text finds Joseph/midst/great trial of faith.
• mistreated, misrepresented, falsely accused/imprisoned
• Midst of it all Joseph remained patient
• Kept his testimony intact.
• He did not see himself as a victim, but as a victor waiting for his liberty!
Brief glimpse/Joseph’s life reveals/trials he/called upon to endure.
• treated unfairly by his own brothers/sold into slavery
• became a slave in a foreign land
• Falsely accused of attempted rape and imprisoned.
• Through it all, he refused to be a victim.
Writer Gen records/Gen. 39:21-23, “The Lord was with Joseph!”
• Truth alone made/prison bearable for Joseph.
• I want to join Joseph in his prison today.
• His experiences/needed lessons/people/Lord.
This passage finds Joseph:
• shut up, shut down/shut off, but still serving the Lord
• in a prison of pain and suffering
• enduring for the Lord
In that prison he was forgotten by many, but Joseph was not forsaken by the Lord.
• Path/life leads us into prison situations/time to time.
• We all face hardships and trials.
• That is the way of life, John 16:33.
Sometime we feel like/shut up, shut down/shut off too.
• We feel we are forgotten in that prison.
• Many times we are forgotten by those around us.
• man may forget us/prisons of life
• Lord never forgets
• He refuses to forsake us while we are there, Heb. 13:5.
Let’s join Joseph in the prison and glean the lessons that are revealed in these verses.
I. v. 1-4 PRISON DUTIES
While Joseph waits/prison, he receives some company.
• Two men, former highly placed servants of Pharaoh
• Thrown into the prison with Joseph
• Pharaoh’s butler and his baker
Butler “cupbearer” and baker duties…..
• Taste the food/close to the rulers
• Privy to royal secrets/highly trusted.
• Ill. Nehemiah.
Apparently, there had been a problem with Pharaoh’s food and these men are in trouble.
• Cast out of their positions/locked up in prison.
• When these men get to prison
• Receive preferential treatment.
• Treated like the celebrities of our day.
• Have a servant assigned to minister to their needs.
• Joseph/handpicked/servant while they are there.
Surface/seemed/just another assignment given to a slave/prison.
• reality/providence/sovereign God at work in Joseph’s life.
God/brought Joseph face to face/man God would later use to secure Joseph’s release from prison.
• Never discount the seemingly small twists/turns/life.
• Some people would have said
• “Oh well, just another job poor old Joseph take care of.”
What no one could see was how God would use this small matter in a great way down the road.
The same is true in your life and mine.
• Never discount the small moves of life.
• “chance” encounter may just be the meeting of lifetime
What we see as an “accident” or as “coincidence” is really God at work in your life in a great way.
• God orders the minute details of our lives!
• There are no accidents with Him!
II. v. 5-19 PRISON DREAMS
One morning Joseph checks on his charges/they are both sad.
• Tell him/dreamed dreams/can’t figure out/mean
• Joseph hears about them dreaming
• must have made his mind go back/own dreams, Gen. 37
• His dreams/looked as though they had been derailed
• Least delayed for the time being.
• Joseph encourages them, to tell him the dreams
• He knows the God Who can give them the interpretation.
Butler tells Joseph dream/favorable interpretation
Baker hears good interpretation/His interpretation is not so good
• Put yourself in Joseph’s place today
• Given/dream from/Lord/going to rule someday
• His dream has yet to be fulfilled.
• In fact, from/appearances, Joseph’s dreams/been shattered.
• What does Joseph do?
Does he get angry and give up on the Lord? Does he say, “I’m finished with all this dreaming! Just leave me alone!”?
• Joseph finds himself/one/waiting rooms/life
• Does not lose grip/dreams or God Who gave them/him.
• Joseph/actively looking for ways to glorify God while he waits in that prison, v. 8.
What a lesson for the redeemed today!
There are going/times:
• seems like God/forgotten all about you
• seems your dreams have been derailed too
• When you find yourself in one/waiting rooms of life.
What you do/waiting room/a lot to do Lord will do for you later.
Our duty/prisons of life/actively seek ways to glorify Him, 1 Cor. 10:31.
• Our circumstances might be bad, but our God is good
• Need to learn how to glorify Him when the sun is shining and when the rain is falling.
• Look for ways to point others to Him even though our own hearts are breaking!