Through his whole life story so far, God is making sure that Joseph believes what he says in verse 8: “Do not interpretations belong to God?”
Were I with Joseph, I would interpret what takes place in Genesis 40 as God finally getting to give him a break. So far, he’s gone from favorite son of a rich man to a slave, an attempted rape victim, and now a prisoner. It’s been a long decline for Joseph. But here, the king’s own servants are in jail with him, and one of them will go free and return to Pharaoh’s side. Surely, he’ll put in the good word, and Joseph will finally catch a break.
No such luck: “the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot him” (40:23).
What is going on in Joseph’s mind at that point? What would be going on in yours? I’d be ecstatic that I was going to have a friend close to the one man in the world who could get me out of jail. And when nothing happened, I would be tempted to let that excitement turn to hatred for the cupbearer and bitterness toward God.
There are ways in which God is calling you and I to wait right now. Maybe there aren’t specific things you feel like you’re waiting for; maybe you have names, dates, faces, addresses, and scenarios in mind. Either way, God doesn’t reveal the end from the beginning to us. He brings us through difficulty to teach us patience and to teach us to trust him.
The reality is, that is his grace to us. We should want to learn patience and trust. There is no one we should rather wait for than the Lord, no one we should rather trust than him. In Christ, he has shown himself trustworthy. In Christ, he has proven worthy of our patience.
Where do you struggle to wait and trust? Remember your Father’s love for you in Christ. Remember who he is and all he’s done for you. And pray that the Spirit would teach you patience and faith. It may not seem like it now, but God means it for your good and, ultimately, his glory.