John Koedyker

READ : Genesis 40:1-23

Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot him. (v. 23)

Another interesting experience for Joseph, and yet another disappointment. But as we read the ups and downs of the life of Joseph, we can’t help but feel that it is all going to work out for him in the end. The reason for that is that the biblical writer keeps reminding us that “the Lord was with Joseph” (Genesis 39:2-3, 21, 23).

But Joseph couldn’t have helped but be disappointed. He had correctly interpreted the dreams of the chief cupbearer and the chief baker. And although Joseph had specifically asked the chief cupbearer to remember him to Pharaoh, the man promptly forgot him once he had been restored by his former position of privilege.

The chief cupbearer is a lot like we are in our relationship with God. When we are in the middle of a mess like Pharaoh’s cupbearer was, we earnestly ask for help. But when the problem clears up, we often forget about God. We no longer need him.

The ironic thing is that God is never that way with us. If there is one overriding theme to the Joseph saga, it is the constant providence of God. God is always there. He never forgets Joseph. He never forgets you or me, either.


Lord, help us never to forget you. Thank you for always remembering us. Amen.