Faith Anticipates Divine Destiny

By Jonathan Gannon

In part two of this blog series from Jonathan Gannon, we look once again at the story of Joseph in Genesis 40 to uncover one key principle that will keep us on track when we find ourselves forgotten in the pit.

Faith says, “I don’t know how God’s going to get it done, but because I know He hasn’t forgotten me, and I’ll treat every person or situation that comes along as a potential God-thing.”

Joseph is thrown into the prison where all prisoners of state were held. While he is there, two members of Pharaoh’s Cabinet (the secretary of wine and the secretary of all things baked) did something that displeased Pharaoh.

The cupbearer, also known as the butler, was really more than a cup-bearer. He was probably someone who managed the royal vineyards, as well as the cellars; probably having hundreds of people under him.

The other guy – the chief baker, or cook – was in charge of everything that was prepared for the royal table.

Because Joseph is a man of faith, he recognized that it wasn’t just coincidence that he was in that specific prison, and that it wasn’t just coincidence that these two men who were close to Pharaoh and influential were in there with him, and that it wasn’t just coincidence that they were dreamers like him!

Faith anticipates moments of divine destiny.

Going back to Genesis 40, we read in verse 8 where Joseph asks, “Why are your faces 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.”

And they do. First the butler. And instantly God gives Joseph the interpretation to his dream – that in three days he would be reinstated.

But Joseph adds a caveat:

But when all goes well with you, remember me and show me kindness; mention me to Pharaoh and get me out of this prison. For I was forcibly carried off from the land of the Hebrews, and even here I have done nothing to deserve being put in a dungeon (Genesis 40:14-15).

I’ve never heard this parallel drawn before, but as I read this it reminded me of Jesus on the Cross between the two thieves. Jesus is dying on the Cross as part of God’s plan (he’s in the perfect will of God for his life), he’s suffering in spite of his innocence, and one of the men with him finds life and the other does not.

But in the story with Jesus, the thief said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:42-43).

If there ever was a last minute moment of divine destiny, that’s it. As people of faith, God has called us to anticipate moments of divine destiny. This is true for the thief on the cross and it was true for Joseph in an Egyptian prison.

Why anticipate moments of divine destiny? Well, just consider this. What if Joseph had shut down when things weren’t going so great?

We really don’t know how long Joseph was in prison. From the time Potiphar put him in prison to meeting the butler and the cupbearer, the Bible says it was “some time after this.” And then from the time the cupbearer was reinstated, Genesis 41 says that it was two years before there was any change in his situation.

But because he was looking (anticipating) for God to work in his life, even while in prison, God used Joseph’s prompt obedience to providently set up his deliverance and promotion to prime minister of all Egypt!

A lot of people get as far as the prison cell and shut down with God, because as soon as they enter into a season or a moment of hardship they shut down.

If you shut down during the tough times, you forsake the dream.

If Joseph had not moved at that moment, having anticipated a moment of divine destiny, that would have been the end of his story.

You know how easy it would have been for Joseph to throw his hands up in the air, pout like a little kid, and say, “Thanks a lot, God! What a waste of time that was! They forgot all about me!”

No. Joseph was forgotten – but unforgettable – and he knew it.

Many of those we minister to around the world feel forgotten, just as Joseph did. These Jewish People in places like India and Africa are in desperate need of medical attention and spiritual restoration through Yeshua (Jesus), their Messiah. That’s why we make every effort to go there and be the hands and feet of Jesus. But we need your help!

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