~by Elizabeth Lapp
“And Joseph… looked upon them… and, behold, they were sad.” Genesis 40:6
Joseph was in prison. But because God prospered him, he found favor in the eyes of the prison keeper and all the prisoners were committed to his care. Pharaoh’s butler and baker were in prison, and Joseph served them. One morning Joseph noticed their downcast faces and asked them, “Why do you look so sad today?” He listened as they told the stories of their strange dreams. After telling the butler he would be restored to his former position in Pharaoh’s household, he asked for a favor. “Make mention of me to Pharaoh, so that I may be delivered from prison. I have done nothing to deserve being here.” Sadly, the butler forgot his request, and Joseph spent two more years in prison.
Observe the character qualities displayed in Joseph in Genesis 40. He possessed a servant’s heart. He cared, he listened, he helped. Do you notice when someone has a sad countenance? Do you care enough to ask why? Do you lend a listening ear, or do something to help?
One Sunday morning I was in deep pain and cried throughout most of the church service. When the service ended, the woman seated beside me turned to the person on the other side of her and never spoke a word to me. Ask God to open your eyes, ears, and heart to the hurting people around you.