February 7, 2018

Did you get up today and rejoice because God is sovereign? Does the fact that he is sovereign help you to face the day with confidence? Do you leave your complaining under your pillow because you know that God is in control of the day? We quote this following Psalm quite often:

Psalm 118:24 (NLT) — 24 This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.

Do you think the psalmist said this because he knew that God is sovereign? The two verses before this psalm indicate that he did:

Psalm 118:22–23 (NLT) — 22 The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone. 23 This is the Lord’s doing, and it is wonderful to see.

Of course these two verses are talking about Jesus. He is the cornerstone. When he was rejected and hung on the cross it didn’t look like he would be the foundation or cornerstone of our faith. It looked like he had lost. It looked like those who had trusted that he was the Messiah were totally mistaken. Verse 23 > but it was the Lord’s doing and because God is sovereign everything worked out just the way he planned. Now he doesn’t always let us in on his plans but because he is sovereign we know that all will work out well.

Okay so lets look at Joseph in today’s reading. He makes a stand for righteousness and it gets him thrown in jail. Does he complain? The scriptures don’t indicate that he did. He just  seemed to accept God’s sovereignty and he got to work helping out in the jail.

Genesis 40:1–8 (NLT) — 1 Some time later, Pharaoh’s chief cup-bearer and chief baker offended their royal master. 2 Pharaoh became angry with these two officials, 3 and he put them in the prison where Joseph was, in the palace of the captain of the guard. 4 They remained in prison for quite some time, and the captain of the guard assigned them to Joseph, who looked after them. 5 While they were in prison, Pharaoh’s cup-bearer and baker each had a dream one night, and each dream had its own meaning. 6 When Joseph saw them the next morning, he noticed that they both looked upset. 7 “Why do you look so worried today?” he asked them. 8 And they replied, “We both had dreams last night, but no one can tell us what they mean.” “Interpreting dreams is God’s business,” Joseph replied. “Go ahead and tell me your dreams.”

We know that God was on Joseph’s mind because when the two guys said they had dreams right away Joseph says, “Interpreting dreams is God’s business,”

Genesis 40:9–14 (NLT) — 9 So the chief cup-bearer told Joseph his dream first. “In my dream,” he said, “I saw a grapevine in front of me. 10 The vine had three branches that began to bud and blossom, and soon it produced clusters of ripe grapes. 11 I was holding Pharaoh’s wine cup in my hand, so I took a cluster of grapes and squeezed the juice into the cup. Then I placed the cup in Pharaoh’s hand.” 12 “This is what the dream means,” Joseph said. “The three branches represent three days. 13 Within three days Pharaoh will lift you up and restore you to your position as his chief cup-bearer. 14 And please remember me and do me a favor when things go well for you. Mention me to Pharaoh, so he might let me out of this place.

Joseph really believed that God had given him the interpretation. So much so that he asked the cup-bearer to remember him to Pharaoh. He believed that God in his sovereignty would be able to restore the cup-bearer. Also notice that when he interpreted the dream for the baker(verses 16-19) he didn’t ask him to remember him to Pharaoh, because in the sovereignty of God the baker was going to die.

So in verses 20-22 we find out that God is sovereign. Everything happened just a Joseph said it would. However in the sovereign will of God the cup-bearer forgot about Joseph and didn’t remember him until two years later! Verse 24 & 41:1

So we don’t want to be like the cup-bearer and forget about the sovereignty of God. If we forget we will stay imprisoned by our feeling and emotions because they will be subject to our circumstances.

Job 13:15 (NLT) — 15 God might kill me, but I have no other hope.

Isaiah 50:10 (NLT) — 10 Who among you fears the Lord and obeys his servant? If you are walking in darkness, without a ray of light, trust in the Lord and rely on your God.

Psalm 115:3 (NLT) — 3 Our God is in the heavens, and he does as he wishes.

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