The Straight Paths
Joseph was the forgotten man. He asked the chief cup bearer to remember him (Genesis 40:14). The chief cup bearer forgot Joseph (Genesis 40:23). He wasn't remembered until "two full years had passed" (Genesis 41:1). As he languished in prison, these two years must have seemed a very long time. Nevertheless, Joseph kept close to God, and when the time came for him to speak for God, he was ready. Joseph didn't seek glory for himself - "I cannot do it." He gave all the glory to God - "but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires" (Genesis 41:16). John the Baptist was also imprisoned (Matthew 14:3). For John, unlike Joseph, there was to be no release. Whatever our circumstances, we must seek to honour God. The important thing is not the outcome of our adverse circumstances. It's our faithfulness in these difficult times. Whatever is happening to us, we must remain in "the straight paths" and must not "walk in dark ways" (Proverbs 2:13).