It is as we are faithful in all circumstances, as we prepare in the midst of less than satisfactory moments, that we get the opportunity to..
Be Bold- (v 12-14) Joseph listened to the dreams of the cupbearer and the chief baker. The cupbearer sees grapes ripening on the vine—holding the Pharaoh’s cup in his hand squeezing out the precious liquid. While the baker has birds eating from the basket on his head, bad news that he would soon be bird food. 12 “This is what it means,” Joseph said to him. “The three branches are three days. 13 Within three days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your position and you will put Pharaoh’s cup in his hand, just as you used to do when you were his cupbearer. Joseph follows up his interpretation with boldness, seeing a door opened by God: 14 But when all goes well with you, remember me and show me kindness; mention me to Pharaoh and get me out of this prison. We oftentimes hold back from being bold—because we worry about what people might think, how they might response—and yet when God is working through us, what need is there to worry? He is in control. I have a question for you that is more profound than it might appear on the surface: Are you a lion or a snail’s eyeball? Let me explain. When you’re a kid, you can’t help yourself. You pick up a snail, and notice some things. Snails are slimy, they have a shell, and they have those pokey-out things that all you want to do is touch them to see what happens. Those pokey-out things are the snail’s eyes. What happens when you touch a snail’s eye? It shrivels. But what happens when you confront a lion? A lion isn’t like that – a lion is bold. The Bible says that “the righteous are as bold as a lion.” (Prov 28:1) So let me ask you that question again: Are you a lion or a snail’s eyeball? – (hotsermons.com)
Maybe as you look at your circumstances, you don’t see any reason for confidence, boldness, or action. Romans 8, Paul declares that despite how we feel about our circumstances, there is a consistent truth at play, 38 For I am persuaded , that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present , nor things to come , 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Why could Joseph be bold, because he had built his life on a BIG GOD. The dirty job of waiting sometimes gets us going in the wrong direction, gets us to give up so we never get going again, or it causes us to doubt that we matter at all. Yet, Paul is bold because he has experienced something more grand than the prison cell. He has experienced the liberation of humanity through Jesus Christ…That although Christ had to wait painfully on the cross for his death to come to culmination, although he had waited through the agonizing hours in the garden, it was after 3 days of enduring death, that brought the hope of eternal life!
Today, what are you waiting for? Are you waiting for God to start working in your life—He already is working. Are you waiting to escape whatever prison cell confronts you—know that you serve a God who already can break the bonds of any cell, and so I want you to try a bold what-if this week. What-if you were faithful, ready, and bold right where God gives you opportunity this week—in your family, in your workplace, in your school…WAITING ON GOD IS NEVER A WASTE OF TIME!