Forgetful Folks

Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat him.’

Genesis 40: 23

Have you ever done a good deed that was soon forgotten? Have you ever loved someone who didn’t seem to reciprocate that love? Have you ever had a kindness repaid with bitterness? Have you ever worked hard for little or no recognition? I think we all have. People, as a general rule, are self-centered and quick to forget others. Joseph found himself in that position at the end of Genesis 40. He had a deal with the chief butler in verse 14: “…think on me when it shall be well with thee, and shew kindness, I pray thee, unto me…”. Joseph gives him the interpretation of his dream and asks only that he will remember him and mention his name to Pharaoh when he is restored to his former post. You would think that would be an easy thing to remember. But does the butler remember? Nope. Just as we have found ourselves many times in life, Joseph was the victim of someone forgetting him.

But guess who didn’t forget him? Genesis 39:1- “And the Lord was with Joseph…”. Genesis 39:21- “But the Lord was with Joseph…”. Genesis 39: 23- “…because the Lord was with him…”. We all know the story of Joseph. The chief butler did remember Joseph. But he remembered him in God’s time. It may not have been Joseph’s ideal time, but God was in control and HE never forgot about Joseph. People may forget us, but God knows exactly where we are and what we need. “…I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” People will let you down, but He will not.

2 responses to this post.

  1. A nice reminder of how God is always there for us. “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” is one of the most comforting passages in the Holy Bible, and can often reduce me to tears when I start to realize just how much love He has for each and every one of us sinners. Praise the Lord!


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