“And it came to pass the third day, which was Pharaoh’s birthday, that he made a feast unto (for) all his servants: and he lifted up the head of the chief butler and of the chief baker among his servants. And he restored the chief butler unto “his butlership again; and he gave the cup into Pharaoh’s hand: But he hanged the chief baker: as Joseph had interpreted to them. Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat him.”Genesis 40:20-23
I have been told some pretty big needs that I promised to pray for, and while it was my intention to lift up that person in prayer, but I did not make it a priority and simply forgot. When I ask others to pray for me, I hope they don’t forget to pray for me, but we all seem to have forgetful moments when it comes to other people and their needs.
A couple of years ago, I was new to the Gideon ministry and they wanted to put me to work as soon as possible. I was excited to be part of the ministry and was eager to do whatever they asked of me. I was selected to lead the church ministry for our camp, which was exciting, but I had no idea what to do. The title sounded cool, but I was not given a whole lot of direction. There was a fellow Gideon who was in charge of church ministry for the state, and he reached out to me to teach me the ropes.
This man was a veteran Gideon and was pretty successful in running the church ministry. We set a date to meet up, and I was excited to learn the job so I could get started. He offered to buy me dinner, and we were going to meet up at a restaurant in east Mesa. I made a mental note of the date and put it on my mental calendar. I then received my son’s soccer schedule, and realized he had a game set for the same day we were supposed to meet. Since our meeting was two weeks away, and it was late in the evening, I decided to tell him the next day.
The two weeks went by and I was in south Phoenix enjoying my son’s soccer game without a care in the world. We stopped to grab a bite to eat after the game, when my phone rang. I was 15 minutes late for the dinner meeting and more than 30 minutes away. I forgot to tell him about my son’s game, and I stood him up at the restaurant. I felt so bad and apologized profusely, but he was kind to me and told me to reschedule. I did not get an alert from my mental calendar and I totally spaced it until my phone rang. I now try to put dates and times in my real calendar, so I don’t forget these important things.
I think of Joseph and the service he had done for the butler by interpreting his dream, and the favor he asked of the butler to remember him when he went back to serve in Pharaoh’s house. Genesis 40:14-15 states, “But think on (remember) 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: 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.” The butler did not remember Joesph, and did not mention anything to Pharaoh about Joseph. He simply was relieved to be back in good graces and glad to not be in the dungeon any longer. Joseph had done nothing to deserve the dungeon, and was simply asking the butler to put in a good word for him.
Have you ever been forgotten? Have you ever thought that God has forgotten about you? Do you know that He knows every detail about you, even to the very number of hairs on your head? Are you thankful for a God who does not forget our requests? A God who does not forget our needs? A God who knows exactly where we are in life? God did not forget Joseph, but was rather using this in his life for the perfect time and place to carry out His perfect will for His people. The devil may whisper to you a lie that God has forgotten you, but God has not forgotten you. Deuteronomy 31:6 reminds us, “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth (does) go with thee; he will not fail (leave) thee, nor forsake thee.” Moses spoke these words to encourage the children of Israel and Joshua, but it is still relevant today to God’s children. May we remember that God is always with us, and may we rejoice that He does not forget us.