When we are in difficult situations, we can often look at something that gives a little hope that things may be getting better. Maybe it is a new boss at work or a new opening in a different department. Maybe it looks like something you have been longing for will come to fruition. Whatever it is, it is amazing how much better we are able to deal with our circumstances when we get a small taste of hope. Today, I want to look at how hope plays a role in our circumstances. I left off in the middle of a story yesterday, so I want to remind you what happened in the first part of the chapter. I looked at the chief cup bearer and baker to the Pharaoh and how they were sent to prison. They were put under Joseph's care in the prison. One morning, Joseph noticed that they were both very disturbed by dreams they had the night before, so he offered to have them tell their dreams. Please read Genesis 40:9-23.
Notice that once the baker heard the favorable interpretation of the cup bearer's dream he decided that he would share his dream with Joseph as well. Think about that for a moment. He was given a new hope that maybe he would find himself taken out of the prison and restored to his former position. I cannot imagine what his reaction must have been when he heard what his dream meant. Did he try to convince himself that Joseph wasn't telling the truth or was mistaken, or did he dread what was about to happen? I also can't imagine how that must have been difficult for Joseph to have to give him the interpretation.
Notice also how this situation also brought new hope for Joseph as well. When he gave the cup bearer the interpretation, he asked the cup bearer to give a favorable report of Joseph to the Pharaoh. But that isn't what happened. We are told at the end of the chapter that the cup bearer was restored and completely forgot about Joseph. Isn't that a hard place to be? You can feel your hopes soaring only to have them fall back to the ground a few days later. But I want to remind you that Joseph's story isn't done, and neither is yours. God was still with Joseph and still had His plans for him.
It is important to remember that even when we lose our hope, we haven't lost our Creator. He is always with us and He is faithful. None of our circumstances can separate us from God's faithful love and we can stake our hope on that truth! When we are in difficult places, we can know that while it is hard right now God has plans that are far greater than this. Don't put your hope in the things of this world, put your hope in Christ Jesus who has sacrificed His life for us all. We know that no matter what, one day we will be worshiping before the throne of God. That is a great hope!
What do you stake your hope in?
This post is linked with Thought Provoking Thursday and The Grace Cafe.