“A Bad “Hair” Day in the Palace”

calendar pages gen 40Genesis 40-42  Wonder what life in Pharaoh’s Palace was like? We need to look no further than these chapters before us. There is intrigue, questions about loyalty and the power of the scepter! Sounds much like the story of Esther where a despot ruled and people fell or rose according to his whim. This is not nirvana but real life. There is suffering, desire and the tempers that must be soothed. While the cupbearer and the baker walked the palace halls, Joseph walked the prison floors. All three will become entwined just because Pharaoh had a “bad hair day” so it was off to the dungeon where they met Joseph their newly appointed attendant. Even palace prisoners have a hierarchy it seems.

Committed to this prison for a crime he did not commit, Joseph weathered this trial with dignity, honor, and integrity no matter what the circumstances were. Now with the opportunity to testify to the power of Elohim as opposed to the idol gods of Egypt, Joseph asked the cupbearer to remember him when he stood before Pharaoh but as we shall see, once again dreams were dashed. As each day passed and the calendar pages turned, Joseph could not see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Sometimes life is like that with us. We weather a storm only to have it come around again and again. Joseph teaches us that we take it one day at a time and that is what we have to do. We must trust that God is in this storm even if we can’t see or understand until eternity.

Are you prepared to remain faithful as he did?



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