Don’t Give Up On All That God Has Promised

by | Oct 29, 2020

Genesis 40:23-41-1a, The chief cupbearer, however, did not remember Joseph; he forgot him.  When two full years had passed, Pharaoh had a dream:

Two full years had passed!  This is part of the story of Joseph who had been sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and then thrown into prison by his master because of the lies his master’s wife told about him.  Joseph had interpreted the dreams of two of Pharaoh’s servants and they were going to put in a good word for him, but clearly, he was forgotten.  Joseph was counting on them!  He was probably thinking, “Finally, my answer is here and I will get out of this prison!”  His frustrations with his situation had to be at their peak.  What happened to the promises of God he was given?  At this point, he probably would have settled to just be out of prison and find a job. 

It can be so frustrating when you think your answer is here and nope, it’s not!  You thought things were finally going to work out but somehow it all fell through again or someone let you down.  Then satan steps in with all of his lies to say that God has forgotten you, or you don’t matter, or things are never going to change, this is just your lot in life so buck up sister!  Not today satan!  Don’t allow him to speak into your life!  God has bigger plans for you than you can imagine if you will keep your “yes” on that table and stick close to Him!  Stay faithful no matter what things look like right now!  Joseph had no idea that his answer was going to be beyond what he was hoping for and it would be all that God had promised and then some.  Trust Him, He’s got you and He is working out the details of His plan for your life!

We don’t always understand God’s timing.  Why did Joseph have to stay in prison for those two extra years?  Why couldn’t he have been out on his own?  He may have left Egypt and gone back to his father if he were free, who knows ~ God knows.  God sees and He cares and He has a plan.  We may not understand any of it, especially while we are waiting, but we can always trust Him and His plan.  Looking back over my life I can see where there have been too many times when I got tired of waiting and said, “You know what, God?  I’ve got this!” And I would move on doing my own thing, not listening to that quiet voice saying, “I have a better plan, just wait for it.”  The messes you can create by doing that are just not worth it!  Wait for it!  Ask God what it is that you need to learn through this and trust Him knowing that truly His best is yet to come!  Don’t miss out on His best because you get impatient.  Your answer really could be here today! Joseph went from prison to the palace! He woke up just like every other day, but that day everything changed! Everything God had promised him made sense. So don’t lose hope! Seek Him with all your heart and stay faithful to Him and all He is calling you to today! His best is yet to come!

Quote:  “Faith believes in spite of the circumstances and act in spite of consequences.”  ~ Adrian Rogers


  1. Sara R

    Good morning Jane,

    I heard you on His Radio a couple of months back and have been doing your bible study since. I enjoy being in the word with you. I have more of a question than a comment. While I have been a believer for most of my adult life, reading things like the above I continue to struggle with the same thing – how does one know the thoughts in your head are from God and not something you just made up? As you said, you can easily think “I’ve got this” and mess things up. So how does a believer know the difference and make sure they are following God’s direction and not their own desires? I don’t feel comfortable asking anyone at my church or close friends who are believers as I think they may think I’ve gone mad. Perhaps this is something one learns if raised from a child in the church or in a Christian family, but that’s not me.

    • Janet Scott

      Hey Sara, I totally understand what you are asking. One of the tests for who is speaking to your heart is: Does it line up with God’s Word? If God is speaking to you about something it will always line up with His Word. Pray for God to teach you and He will. Spend time reading your Bible and as you continue to grow closer to Him He will teach you. Thank you for joining our C&G community! God Bless, Janet