But when all goes well with you, remember me and show me kindness; mention me to Pharaoh and get me out of this prison. Genesis 40:14
The chief cupbearer, however, did not remember Joseph; he forgot him. Genesis 40:23.
Oh dear, here is one of those scripture stories that seems totally unfair. The chief cupbearer and the chief baker did something that made the Pharaoh angry so he tossed them both into prison and assigned them to Joseph (who was still in prison). Both the cupbearer and the baker had dreams that they could not understand. Joseph, as God’s agent, was the dream interpreter. The cupbearer’s dream foretold that he would be restored to the Pharaoh’s favor while the baker’s dream foretold that he would end up beheaded. Both interpretations came true. Joseph asked the cupbearer to remember him favorably to the Pharaoh. The chief cupbearer, however, did not remember Joseph; he forgot him. Genesis 40:23.
I don’t yet know why the two men, the cupbearer and the baker, had drastically different outcomes with the Pharaoh. And on top of that, Joseph is still stuck in prison. What dismays me the most is the final verse. The cupbearer forgets Joseph and goes on with his life. Remember that Joseph is the “agent” of God. How many times when things are good do we forget to talk to God? We all turn to prayer for help and guidance in the tough times, but how many times do we walk away like the cupbearer and forget to ‘count our blessings’ and have a daily visit with God – just to check in?
Dear Lord, thank You for the life You have given to us today and every day. Help us to walk with you each day with a thankful heart.