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God Does Not Forget
As I sat eating breakfast, I overheard a woman at the next table sharing with her friends about a time of powerful ministry she received the year before. She explained the year prior at the conference she came for prayer and God met her right where she was at. I knew she was talking about me, because as she shared the details, I was reminded of when my friend and I ministered to her. When she finished sharing how much the ministry meant and how it came at a pivotal point of decision for her, one friend leaned across the table and asked, “Who was it that ministered to you and gave you such powerful advice?”
The woman just shook her head back and forth and said, “I don’t know. I can’t really remember, but it was good.”
I was both happy and sad. Happy that God had gotten the glory, but also sad. Sad that I had been a part of such a profound time of ministry for this woman and she didn’t even remember who I was. I wanted to be remembered and acknowledged for the part I played in helping her. However, the truth is, that spoke more about my brokenness and an area in my own life I needed healing and to be set free from. My need for recognition and acknowledgement was a deeper spiritual issue that went back to my childhood. My identity was wrapped up in what I did and the gifts that I had and not in the ONE who had given them to me.
Much of my life has been earmarked by a lack of acknowledgement and being forgotten. In fact, I have had past issues with other people taking credit for things I had done. Therefore, they would get the credit, acknowledgement and be remembered. I know it shouldn’t matter, but it did. It hurt, especially when they were being rewarded for my ideas, skill, work, or teachings. Have you ever had something like this happen to you?
There is an innate desire within all of us to love and be loved. There is also a desire to not be forgotten and for us to be remembered or acknowledged for the things we are doing or have done.
I find comfort in knowing that I am not alone and that others have experienced some of the same things and yet come out the other side, stronger and wiser. Joseph sure knew what it meant to be forgotten. In Genesis 40 we read about his time in prison. While Joseph was in prison, we know that God’s favor was upon him. He again was put in charge of the prisoners and given freedom others did not have. God was forming Josephs character, leadership and his ability to trust and rely upon God.
One night while they were in prison, the cupbearer and the baker of the king of Egypt had dreams. Each had his own dream, and each dream had its own meaning.
When Joseph came to check on them the next morning, he saw that both men looked troubled.
Joseph (to Pharaoh’s prisoners): Why do you both look so dejected today?
Cupbearer and Baker: We’ve both had dreams, and there is no one here in prison to interpret them.
The Egyptians thought that dreams were often moments of revelation, but they also thought it took special training to know how to interpret them.
Joseph: Interpretations belong to God, don’t they? If you’d like, tell them to me! (Genesis 40:5-8 The Voice)
The cupbearer and baker knew the dreams contained important messages but had no idea how to go about figuring it out. Enter Joseph. He’s again in the right place at the right time. He relies on God to give him the interpretation and he relays the message to the cupbearer. His only ask, his simple request is: “Remember me!”
But I ask one thing. Remember me when things are going well for you. If you have the opportunity, do me a favor and mention me to Pharaoh. Perhaps he will get me out of this place. You see I was stolen from the land of my people the Hebrews, and I’ve done nothing to deserve being thrown into this pit. (Genesis 40:14-15 The Voice)
Joseph completely blessed the baker and gave him a hope for the future. When the dream came to pass as Joseph had interpreted, I am sure he fully expected to be rescued from prison and set free. However, that was not the case.
Sadly, the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph at this time; instead, he forgot all about him. (Genesis 40:23 The Voice)
While reading this passage of Scripture, I found it interesting that just like Joseph, we can bless people abundantly with our God given gifts and yet they don’t acknowledge or honor us in return. It’s funny to me how quickly people can forget our part. It also makes me begin to ask questions.
- When someone’s life is profoundly blessed, changed, or impacted, how is it that don’t remember the people who help them?
- How could they forget?
- Is it that there is no culture of honor? Yes, sometimes, I think this is the reason.
- Is God working on our character and working something out in us? Probably.
- Is He trying to get rid of our finding our identity in the things we do and say? Possibly.
- Is it that God wants the credit and he wants us to get out of the way? Yes, this is always the case.
We must get to a place where we can be complete in who we are in Christ and what He accomplished with us and through us, not what we do. It isn’t about what we do, it’s about what He does. God must get all the credit. He is the one who saves, redeems and heals. We just get to play a role as His hands and feet to a broken and dying world.
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An important lesson from this passage of Scripture for me, is this:
It’s in the waiting, God does not forget who He has called you and I to be. Others may not acknowledge you; they may forget you and they may even dishonor you, but not God. He always remembers. He always acknowledges and He always honors!
We need to look to God not man for our validation, identity and worth.
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