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Thursday – God Doesn’t Forget

By Nick Molick
   “Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.” Genesis 40:23

   There are times in life that are so sweet. We feel close to God and we rest easily in His word, presence and comfort. We feel safe and protected and most of all loved and remembered. The mere thought that the God who spoke the universe into existence would spend a nanosecond giving me a thought is something I greatly struggle to get my head, heart and soul around.
   On the opposite side of the spectrum there are heartbreaking times that are, sad, frustrating. Often we feel God is far off and not providing loving comfort. What may hurt the most is that God seems to not care or doesn’t even remember us or our situation.
   Due to recent events in the life of my family, we lost our youngest son JD to suicide. Our family has experienced sweet comfort from God. Other times there is no theological fist shaking, but we ask, “where are you God?” when our hearts, souls and minds desperately need Him the most. Those times are tough, but we are learning to pray our way through them and turn to His word for guidance and comfort. We also know not every moment will be good and not every situation will work out the way we believe it should. However, that does not mean God is not working the situation or that He has forgotten us, because He cannot.
   In Genesis 40 we see Joseph in the midst of divine appointment, placed in prison by the Captain of the Guard while under the sovereignty of God. Joseph does some amazing God-given things. While there, he interprets the dreams of the cupbearer and the baker. After delivering the interpretation to the cupbearer that he will be freed and restored in three days, Joseph only asked that when it was well with the cupbearer that he remember Joseph. The cupbearer was freed three days later and restored but did not remember Joseph. What is crucial to keep in mind is that the ability to interpret dreams was given by God to Joseph and even though the cupbearer forgot Joseph, God did not. He had a plan in His timing all along.
   We can be heartened by this story when we feel God is far away from us. He is present trying to mend our wounds no matter how incredibly baffling our circumstances. If God leads you to the valley, He will see you though it. If while in that valley you are driven to call upon God, praise Him.
   “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.” Ephesians 2:8

Bible Reading Plan - Day 24