Promoted By God

23  Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat him. … 40 Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou.

Genesis 40:23; 41:40

 

At times in our lives, we experience some cold, hard winters. Things don’t look so good, and we are not sure what the next year, the next month, the next week, or even the next day is going to bring. We wait for the things we are believing in, the things we have faith in, to come just as promised by God.

Those who are dedicated gardeners will soon be getting their seed catalogs for next spring. As they look through the pages of pictures of flowering plants and colorful vegetables, they place their hopes during the cold of winter in those packages of seeds that they will plant in the spring. Their trust is in the quality of those seeds to produce the same flowers and vegetables that they see in the pictures. The seeds are planted, and watered and watched, all in the hope that one day, without announcement, a small green plant pops through the soil and grows into the “promises” shown in those catalogs.

Joseph was doing what he believed was the right thing to do. He was true to God. He believed in all of those seeds of God’s promises that had been planted in his life. Yet, he was thrown into a pit by his own brothers, sold into slavery, imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit, and forgotten. But Joseph never stopped believing in those seeds of God’s promises.

Then, all of sudden, Joseph is called into the presence of Pharaoh. There was a dream to interpret, and God came through again. Without planning, without announcement, Joseph finds himself thrust into the number two position in all of Egypt, second only to Pharaoh. Spring had finally come! All of those seeds of God’s promises that were planted into Joseph’s spirit suddenly grew into what God had planned for Joseph from before he was born.

We don’t know what the next day will bring. God won’t usually announce what great thing He is going to do next in our lives. The promotion God has coming for us will come when God’s timing is right.

So we must not forget about all of those seeds planted in us by God’s Word. They may still just be “in the ground” waiting for “spring” to arrive. But one day, when we least expect it, that promotion we have been waiting for will come. And, like those plants that started with just a seed, but produced the corn, lettuce, beans, or whatever we planted, we will enjoy the harvest of God’s promises planted in our lives.

© 2015 Charles A. Kalkomey

October 18, 2015