Day 30

Joseph Interprets Pharaoh’s Dreams

from the Genesis reading plan

Genesis 41:1-57, Genesis 42:1-38, 2 Corinthians 3:5, 1 Timothy 1:16

BY Erin Davis

Of all the drama and intrigue contained in Genesis 41 and 42, these four words capture my attention the most: “after two whole years” (Genesis 41:1, ESV). Joseph sat in a foreign prison, innocent of the crimes he was accused of committing—for two whole years. That’s a long time to wait for your rescue, a long time to wonder if a savior is coming, a long time to pray for God to come through. Except, on God’s redemptive timeline, it isn’t. When God decided to restore Joseph, it happened in the blink of an eye: “Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they quickly brought him out of the pit” (v.14).

Though I know the stories in God’s Word aren’t about me, I can’t help but identify with Joseph. I’d go all in on the bet that you can identify with him too. Here we sit, longing for our rescue. We’ve got heartaches and breaks we want mended. We’ve got needs we cannot meet for ourselves. We’ve got broken bodies, broken homes, and broken cultures. There are times our fallen world feels like a prison. In Christ, we have been made new (2 Corinthians 5:17), but it doesn’t always feel like it. We are still waiting for complete deliverance from our brokenness, and we have been waiting our whole lives. And yet… “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet… the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we will be changed” (1 Corinthians 15:52).

Whatever it is that you’re waiting for God to do, whether you’ve been waiting two years or two decades and even when the wait feels like it will last forever, there is hope worth holding on to. Someday, when Christ returns for His bride, we will exchange prisons for the fullness of His presence, pits for His perfect peace.

The wait often feels like it’s lasting too long—except, on God’s timeline, it isn’t. Watch for Jesus with hope that is rooted in expectation, knowing that the wait, no matter how long, will not have the last word.

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35 thoughts on "Joseph Interprets Pharaoh’s Dreams"

  1. Tina says:

    Erin, these are hope-filled words, that have my heart happy…

    Yet, I think of my friend, who could wait no more, and took her own life..
    A hard one to understand..

    But God..

    When two whole years seems like an eternity to us, but a moment to God, yes we pray and continue to pray, and we worship, and we hope and we believe, and we wrestle and we pray and we lift up our arms when friends and family can’t, when all seems too long, forever long coming… be it healing, brokenness, a desire, a hope..
    I have loved the song Change gonna come, for as long as I can remember (50years plus). Infact, my son (who is not a christian), and was brought up on my playlist, when he realised I had an ache in my heart, the other day, said as he played with his phone, this will make you smile..and he played a few versions of the song till I smiled. No that song is not my god, but it soothes my being…

    But God..

    My favourite words..

    But God..

    He knows. He sees. He brings about at just the right time..His right time.. all praise and glory to Him!!!

    Thank you Lord God. Thank you..

    And to you my dears across the pond.. I send love and hugs..❤

  2. Jaycee says:

    This was really an amazing thing today. I really feel this in my heart and can identify with it. Thank you so much for all you guys do ❤️

  3. Alexis says:

    “Watch for Jesus with hope that is rooted in expectation, knowing that the wait, no matter how long, will not have the last word.”
    Amen to this <3

  4. Jen S says:

    I encourage you to listen to the She Reads Truth podcast. The last two episodes are especially good regarding Rachel and Leah, Jacob, Joseph and Judah. So many rich insights.

  5. Whit says:

    He’s saying Benjamin is “the only one left” from his marriage with Rachel (the marriage, 1 of 4, produced 2 sons- Joseph and Benjamin). He loved Rachel and wanted to marry her, but was deceived into marrying Leah first. He worked 14 years so they could be married, then she struggled to conceive, and then died during Benjamin’s birth. He’s already lost Joseph and Rachel- Benjamin is his youngest son and the last thing living from a woman he adored.

  6. Doris says:

    God’s purpose will be done. We won’t know how He will bring it to pass but it will be done. He only ask us to believe and trust Him for what He is doing in our lives when we have been obedient to Him. May we be mindful of God’s eternal purpose.

  7. Terri says:

    Lori. Praise God!!! I pray the struggles get less and less until they disappear as you glorify God. Yes, they can disappear!

  8. Terri says:

    Genesis 42:38″He is the only one left. “. Who are those men tstanding before him talking to him!?! Jacob’s attitude about certain sons is what got him into this mess.

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