The Chief Cupbearer and the Baker would have been trusted workers in Pharaoh’s Palace; responsible for his food and drink. They were the ones who would taste Pharaoh’s meals before he ate, just in case there was any poison or influence of black magic aka ‘juju’. These men must have been suspected of a serious crime to be in prison.
I love Joseph’s response when the subject of dreams came up. He said in verse 8, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell me your dreams.” (NIV). The New Living Translation puts it like this, “Interpreting dreams is God’s business”.
Joseph did not use the situation to make himself look good; instead he directed everyone’s attention to God and acknowledged that the power to interpret dreams came from God.
This is how we ought to respond to those who praise us or even come to us to find solutions to their problems. We are signposts that point to God and lights that reflect the ultimate Light Giver. We must always point people back to God, even when you feel that you have the best answer, interpretation or method. Always consult God via His word and prayer, so that your response is not simply based on human wisdom, but also has the backing of the Holy Spirit.
This scenario reminds us of the scripture in 1 Corinthians 2:14. The prisoners couldn’t understand the dream through human wisdom.
Whenever you are faced with something that you don’t understand, ask the Holy Spirit who gives power to understand all things, to empower you. This can range from not understanding your homework/assignment, to not understanding why you’re going through a hard time. He begins when we end. His strength is made perfect when we are weak.
There was a major contrast in the interpretations of both dreams, which lets on to the fact that the Baker may have been at fault while the Chief Cupbearer was not. However, the Cupbearer forgot about Joseph when he was released. You’ve probably experienced this, when you felt unappreciated, overlooked and forgotten. Don’t be surprised that people can be ungrateful and do not allow it to stop you from doing good to others. Moreover, it is important to honour and remember those that have served you.
Trials and challenges are an invitation growth and development ..e.g the #JosephChallenge lol
Kanayo is a Multi-award winning, Author and Senior leader in education whose experience ranges from being a Deputy Head of Sixth Form, Head of Psychology and Lead Practitioner. Kanayo believes that these 3 elements are the driving force of her ministry and career. D.I.G; Drive, Integrity and Grace.
Having a psychology degree provides me with a broad scope to experience many industries and fields of work. Although, my main aim is to continuously learn and also to share my knowledge and experience with others, within and beyond the constraints of the psychology community. Hence my pursuit to teach!
Hopefully, the readers of this blog will find that it is infested with a scope of psychological knowledge, with the intention of conveying psychology in such a way that it is interesting and understandable to those who aren’t studying it as a discipline. In addition, you will find that I heavily cover various topics aside of psychology such as, Christianity because I am a Christian. I draw both passions together, Psychology and Christianity, observing how they complement and sometimes clash! This blog is where ‘Psychology meets Scripture’.
As well as teaching Psychology, I know God has called me to do something far greater in this world. My passion is for His Word and to encourage others to read the Bible, fall in love with it, but most importantly…fall in love with The Author! My role of teaching is not limited to psychology. I strongly believe God is stirring up the ‘teacher’ office of the Five fold ministry in me.
I’m a doctor by virtue, healing and performing heart surgery with words of encouragement.
I am extremely driven and passionate about getting everyone; both Christians and non-Christians to read, understand and live out the word of God. To achieve this, I’ve created online Bible Challenges, whereby people around the world via social media, read a book in the Bible, one chapter a day and share what they have drawn out from the text. I have numerous Bible challenges, all accessible from my blog (www.doctorkanayo.com) and the YouVersion Bible App where over 250,000 people have completed my devotionals around the world. One Bible Challenge at a time, I aim to change the skewed perceptions of the Bible being irrelevant and to show the true reality that the bible is ‘juicy’, tremendously relevant, fun and easy to read. My one prayer is that my teachings and writings from His word, will touch at least ONE person. That would be a serious mission accomplished to the glory of God!
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