Day 40 - Don't Let Fear Hold You Back

Day 40 - Don't Let Fear Hold You Back

Genesis 40

February 9, 2018

Day 40 of our reading is in Genesis 40. Joseph's entire life's story is all about dreams. There is no doubt that Joseph heard from God through dreams and that he had a gift to understand them. We know it was a gift from God because, in verse 8, Joseph says, "...all interpretations belong to God." All gifts, no matter what they are, belong to God and He loans them to His servants for His use and purpose. And for whatever reason, God used Joseph in dreams.


What is fascinating is...


...Joseph continued to be used by God in this way. Despite things not going well (which is an understatement) the first time he got involved in dreams.


God CAN use each of us in a very special and unique way, whether it's a gift for a season or it's a life-long gift.  Don't let fear prohibit us from utilizing any God-given gift. Don't let conflict and troubles discourage us.  God has NOT given us the spirit of fear!  Joseph and his entire family's lives could look a lot different if Joseph let doubt and fear hold him back.


Genesis 40:1-23 (KJV) 

The butler and the baker of Pharaoh with Joseph in prison

1 And it came to pass after these things, that the butler of the king of Egypt and his baker had offended their lord the king of Egypt.
2 And Pharaoh was wroth against two of his officers, against the chief of the butlers, and against the chief of the bakers.
3 And he put them in ward in the house of the captain of the guard, into the prison, the place where Joseph was bound.
4 And the captain of the guard charged Joseph with them, and he served them: and they continued a season in ward. 

and interprets their dreams


5 And they dreamed a dream both of them, each man his dream in one night, each man according to the interpretation of his dream, the butler and the baker of the king of Egypt, which were bound in the prison.
6 And Joseph came in unto them in the morning, and looked upon them, and, behold, they were sad.
7 And he asked Pharaoh's officers that were with him in the ward of his lord's house, saying, Wherefore look ye so sadly to day?
8 And they said unto him, We have dreamed a dream, and there is no interpreter of it. And Joseph said unto them, Do not interpretations belong to God? tell me them, I pray you.
9 And the chief butler told his dream to Joseph, and said to him, In my dream, behold, a vine was before me;
10 And in the vine were three branches: and it was as though it budded, and her blossoms shot forth; and the clusters thereof brought forth ripe grapes:
11 And Pharaoh's cup was in my hand: and I took the grapes, and pressed them into Pharaoh's cup, and I gave the cup into Pharaoh's hand.
12 And Joseph said unto him, This is the interpretation of it: The three branches are three days:
13 Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up thine head, and restore thee unto thy place: and thou shalt deliver Pharaoh's cup into his hand, after the former manner when thou wast his butler.
14 But think on me when it shall be well with thee, and shew kindness, I pray thee, unto me, and make mention of me unto Pharaoh, and bring me out of this house:
15 For indeed I was stolen away out of the land of the Hebrews: and here also have I done nothing that they should put me into the dungeon.
16 When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was good, he said unto Joseph, I also was in my dream, and, behold, I had three white baskets on my head:
17 And in the uppermost basket there was of all manner of bakemeats for Pharaoh; and the birds did eat them out of the basket upon my head.
18 And Joseph answered and said, This is the interpretation thereof: The three baskets are three days:
19 Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up thy head from off thee, and shall hang thee on a tree; and the birds shall eat thy flesh from off thee. 

Their dreams come to pass according to Joseph's interpretation


20 And it came to pass the third day, which was Pharaoh's birthday, that he made a feast unto all his servants: and he lifted up the head of the chief butler and of the chief baker among his servants.
21 And he restored the chief butler unto his butlership again; and he gave the cup into Pharaoh's hand:
22 But he hanged the chief baker: as Joseph had interpreted to them.
23 Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat him. 


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