Restoration Still Possible
He restored the chief cupbearer to his position, so that he once again put the cup into Pharaoh’s hand (Genesis 40:21).
Scripture: Genesis 40:16–23
Song: “Restore Me” (by Michael Flowers)
Paul tiptoed into the house that morning. He didn’t want to wake up his wife, not yet anyway, especially with bad news from the workplace. The shift leader at the paper mill had caught Paul sleeping on the job and placed him on temporary leave, pending an investigation.
The 12-hour graveyard shifts at the mill are grueling, and Paul grew tired staring at the pressure gauges at his workstation. He just closed his eyes for a few minutes—right as his supervisor walked by. Paul wasn’t the only one that night; the shift leader caught another worker sleeping. The co-worker, however, had wandered away from his desk and found a secluded place under a pipe to fall asleep. Luckily, Paul was still sitting at his workstation. After their review, the paper company restored Paul to his position and fired the other guy.
In similar fashion Pharaoh restored the cupbearer to his former position while executing the chief baker. (I’m sure the baker disagreed with the decision. No doubt, there were extenuating circumstances.)
God always sees our hearts and knows our true intentions. And like the cupbearer, sometimes we benefit from a season of testing.
Gracious Father, thank You for sending times of testing. Although I don’t always understand them, I believe they help me grow stronger. In Jesus’ name, amen.
“Restoration Still Possible” by Charles Earl Harrel. First published in Devotions® © 2012 Standard Publishing. Reprinted with permission from the publisher.
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