Some time later, the cupbearer and the baker of the king of Egypt offended their master, the king of Egypt. Pharaoh was angry with his two officials, the chief cupbearer and the chief baker, and put them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, in the same prison where Joseph was confined.
- Genesis 40:1-3
In ancient Egypt, bad things happened when you angered the Pharaoh. The justice system catered to the whims of whoever happened to be in charge. Vast numbers of people saw their fortunes rise and fall on the whims of unjust leaders.
When the cupbearer and the baker found themselves in prison, they had a surprise in store for them. For some time Joseph had been laboring away in the prison, working his managerial magic. The prison had become a more orderly and more healthy place. And the cupbearer and the baker landed right in the middle of it all.
Trapped in prison, they found themselves dusted off and shown care. As God poured his blessings out on Joseph, the cupbearer and the baker benefitted as well. This can also happen to us in hard times.
Have you ever found yourself down on your luck and yet in the presence of someone who can help you get back on your feet?
This is the sort of thing that happens in a world where God’s at work to bring about great goods. God positions his people to bless those who need it.
Who might you catch this week? How has God positioned you to bless others?