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Gifts in Dark Places

Life seems to have a way of presenting us with difficult choices and challenging circumstances. Yet, when we take the time to look, we can also see God’s hand through surprising gifts in the dark places of our lives. Our journey continues with Joseph as he is now in prison due to the false accusations of Potiphar’s wife.  How will Joseph respond to one more set back in a growing list of discouraging events? 

We learn that he will continue to rely on God and make the most of whatever circumstances he is in.  While living in prison, Joseph’s abilities quickly elevate him to a role of leadership where he encounters two prisoners who have recently fallen in disfavor with Pharaoh: a cupbearer and a baker.  One night they both have dreams that provide insight into their futures, but neither can make any sense of what they saw.

Joseph notices their collective sadness and inquires as to the nature of their concerns, and they share their dreams with him.  Joseph is able to interpret their dreams and simply asks that they remember him in the future.  How will Joseph’s future be shaped by his actions and will he finally be released from prison?

In preparation for our time together, please read Genesis 40 and reflect on the following question: Are you presently in a dark place and how are you responding?

Some time later, the cupbearer and the baker of the king of Egypt offended their master, the king of Egypt. Pharaoh was angry with his two officials, the chief cupbearer and the chief baker, and put them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, in the same prison where Joseph was confined. The captain of the guard assigned them to Joseph, and he attended them.

After they had been in custody for some time, each of the two men—the cupbearer and the baker of the king of Egypt, who were being held in prison—had a dream the same night, and each dream had a meaning of its own.

When Joseph came to them the next morning, he saw that they were dejected. So he asked Pharaoh’s officials who were in custody with him in his master’s house, “Why do you look so sad today?”

“We both had dreams,” they answered, “but there is no one to interpret them.”

Then Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell me your dreams.”

God bless.

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