In Genesis 40, Joseph is still stuck in prison for having done nothing at all. He has now gone from living a pampered life as the favorite son to being a slave and then being a prisoner. It would appear that the circumstances in his life have literally gone from bad to worse. But whether he knew it or not, God was putting Joseph right where Joseph needed to be.
In chapter 40, Joseph demonstrates an amazing ability to interpret dreams. In chapter 41, Pharaoh has a dream, and he wants Joseph to interpret it. Genesis 41:15 says, “So Pharaoh sent for Joseph, and he was quickly brought from the dungeon. When he had shaved and changed his clothes, he came before Pharaoh.” After Joseph was able to interpret the dream for Pharaoh, Pharaoh declared, “You shall be in charge of my palace, and all my people are to submit to your orders. Only with respect to the throne will I be greater than you.” Toward the end of the chapter, it reads, “Pharaoh had Joseph ride in a chariot as his second-in-command, and people shouted before him, “Make way!” Thus he put him in charge of the whole land of Egypt.”
In one day Joseph went from being a prisoner to being a big wig, the second most powerful person in all of Egypt. You know you’ve reached the top if you ever have people running in front of your chariot telling everyone else to get out of the way. How did this all come about? Joseph was faithful to God, and God blessed Joseph. No matter what happened in Joseph’s life, Joseph did not turn from God. Let me ask you a question: do your circumstances ever get you down? Do you allow yourself to become discouraged or frustrated or even depressed by where you are in life? Have you ever considered that perhaps God is putting you right where He wants you to be? The next time you feel tempted to give up on your relationship with God, remember Joseph, and all he went through, from the prison to the throne room–all in one day.