How Can I Help You?

Genesis 40:6-8

When Joseph came to them the next morning, he saw that they were dejected. So he asked Pharaoh’s officials who were in custody with him in his master’s house, “Why do you look so sad today?”

“We both had dreams,” they answered, “but there is no one to interpret them.”

Then Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell me your dreams.”

After Potiphar’s wife unfairly accused Joseph of attempting to sexually assault her, Joseph finds himself in prison.  The Lord was with Joseph so that even in prison, the warden put Joseph in charge of all those held in prison and he was made responsible for all that was done there.  That in itself is divine intervention.  Since when does a prisoner become responsible and is put in charge of all of the prisoners?  That is very unlikely to happen, yet it happened to Joseph.

When the Cupbearer and the Baker were put into prison, he sees their demeanour and goes over to talk with them.  Joseph is very empathetic and approaches to find out why they look so sad.  I see that Joseph is a very caring man.  I find myself usually rushing and not even noticing how people look or feel.  I believe I do this deliberately sometimes so that I can mind my own business and not be involved.

The two prisoners were sad because they had dreams and nobody could interpret it for them.  Joseph understood that interpretations belong to God and it wasn’t his special analytic ability to interpret dreams that will help these two men.  He gave credit to God.  If we do have special ability, we should also have the same attitude that isn’t it God who gives me the ability to do something for somebody?  Joseph had the same attitude and servitude of good customer service personnel who would ask if they can help you. The difference though is that Joseph showed love and care for others.  It makes me think of the question that I should ask somebody:  “How can I help you?”

 

 

 

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