‘…Find favour…in the sight of God and man.’ Proverbs 3:4 NKJV
God can give you favour in the most unusual places and through the most unlikely people. Joseph’s journey to Prime Minister of Egypt involved being unjustly accused and thrown in prison. Now the prospects of an ex-con becoming your next Prime Minister are not good—unless, like Joseph, God is writing your story. ‘…Pharaoh was angry with his two officers, the chief butler and the chief baker. So he put them… in the prison, the place where Joseph was confined.’ (Genesis 40:2–3 NKJV) While they were there Joseph interpreted a dream for both men, and in each case what he said came to pass. So Joseph’s gift became known. Later when Pharaoh was troubled by a dream that none of his counsellors could interpret, the butler remembered Joseph and told Pharaoh about him. At this point Joseph interprets Pharaoh’s dream, helps him to prepare for seven years of coming famine, and is rewarded with being made Prime Minister. At last, Joseph’s dream came to pass. But notice who God used to fulfil it: a baker and a butler. Spiritually speaking, God can use bakers to bless you because they know the ingredients required to make the cake. Some of the stuff they use, such as salt, flour and baking soda, doesn’t taste very good, but the finished product is delicious. God can use butlers because they’re experienced in knowing how to open the door at the right time. Are you getting the idea? Keep your mind open and stay sensitive to God, for He will give you favour in the most unusual places and through the most unlikely people.
SoulFood: Matt 5:7, Matt 18:21–35, Ps 103:8–18, Lam 3:22–24
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