Thursday, October 23, 2014

Stuck, "From the Prison to the Palace" Day 2

[Genesis 40:16-22 ESV] 16 When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was favorable, he said to Joseph, "I also had a dream: there were three cake baskets on my head, 17 and in the uppermost basket there were all sorts of baked food for Pharaoh, but the birds were eating it out of the basket on my head." 18 And Joseph answered and said, "This is its interpretation: the three baskets are three days. 19 In three days Pharaoh will lift up your head--from you!--and hang you on a tree. And the birds will eat the flesh from you." 20 On the third day, which was Pharaoh's birthday, he made a feast for all his servants and lifted up the head of the chief cupbearer and the head of the chief baker among his servants. 21 He restored the chief cupbearer to his position, and he placed the cup in Pharaoh's hand. 22 But he hanged the chief baker, as Joseph had interpreted to them.

*Not all dreams are desired outcomes*

Most people would have coveted a position like the chief baker had, but it proved to get him thrown in jail and then hanged. The text leaves us clueless as to the baker's offense, but it sure ticked the Pharaoh off.

[James 2:5-7 ESV] 5 Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him? 6 But you have dishonored the poor man. Are not the rich the ones who oppress you, and the ones who drag you into court? 7 Are they not the ones who blaspheme the honorable name by which you were called?

Let the truth of these inspired words sink in for a bit. We are better off in the Kingdom of God when we are more humble in our means and position. Not all dreams are really that good for us when we consider this. "Mo money, mo problems!" Bigger is not necessarily better. Sometimes the best spots are NOT the place you really want to be. Here's a deep thought: Just because God opens a door doesn't mean that He wants you to walk through it. It is the presence of God in your life that matters, not your bank account or prestigious position.

*Life Point* Contentment companied with Godliness is a means of great gain (1 Timothy 6:6).

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