Joseph was doing fine at Potiphars house. But it looks like God’s assignment for Joseph was just beginning. It so happen that Potiphar’s wife had an eye on the young and good looking Joseph. Observe what Joseph told Potaphar’s wife:
“Look”, he told her, “my master trusts me with everything in his entire household. No one here has more authority than I do! He has held back nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How could I ever do such a wicked thing? It would be a great sin against God.” (*)
She however kept on pressuring Joseph and at one time, Joseph tore himself away from her, but as he did, his shirt came off. She was left holding it as Joseph ran from the house. (boy, this is going to be a huge, humungous problem for Joseph).
And it did, Potiphar threw Joseph to jail !!! But somehow, Joseph remained faithful to the Lord. He kept himself aligned with God. Joseph kept himself attached to the Vine. (This is what we really need to impress in our minds!)
As before, the Lord was with Joseph and He granted Joseph favor with the chief jailer. Before long, the jailer put Joseph in charge of all the other prisoners and over everything that happened in the prison. The jailer had no more worries after that, because Joseph took care of everything.
(Note : this is the second person who had no more worries after he turned over things to a man who was aligned with the main Source. Let us consider that all the time.)
As it turned out, the Chief Cup Bearer and the Chief Baker who offended Pharaoh, (King of Egypt), were also in jail. In due course , Joseph interpreted their dreams. The chief cup bearer got his job back with the Pharaoh. But he forgot about the great favor he owed Joseph for two years. So Joseph just kept his trust in the Lord all this time.
Then one day, the Pharaoh had a dream. In fact the Pharaoh dreamt a similar dream one more time and he became concerned. The Pharaoh dreamt that he was standing on the bank of the Nile River. In his dream, seven fat, healthy looking cows suddenly came up out of the river and began grazing along its bank. Then seven other cows came up from the river, but these were very ugly and gaunt. These cows went over and stood beside the fat cows and ate the fat cows.
The Pharaoh was very concerned about his dreams and called for all the magicians and wise men of Egypt and told them about his dreams, but not one of them could suggest what they meant. Then the king’s cup-bearer remembered Joseph and related to the Pharaoh how Joseph interpreted his dream!
The Pharaoh sent for Joseph at once. To make a long story short, Joseph interpreted the Pharaoh’s dream as follows: The seven fat cows and the seven plum heads of grain both represent seven years of prosperity. The seven thin, ugly cows and the seven withered heads of grain represent seven years of famine. This will happen just as I have described it, for God has shown you what he is about to do..
Joseph said “My suggestion is that you find the wisest man in Egypt and put him in charge of a nationwide program. Gather all the food and grain of these good years into the royal storehouses, and store it away so there will be food when the seven years of famine come” .
Pharaoh said, “who could do it better than Joseph? For he is a man who is obviously filled with the spirit of God.” Turning to Joseph , Pharaoh said, “since God has revealed the meaning of the dreams to you, you are the wisest man in the land. I hereby appoint you to direct this project.” . . . . .
”I hereby put you in charge of the entire land of Egypt.” Then Pharaoh placed his own signet ring on Joseph’s finger as a symbol of his authority. Pharaoh also gave Joseph the chariot of his second-in-command and wherever he went the command was shouted, “Kneel down!”
And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I am the king, but no one will move a hand or a foot in the entire land of Egypt without your approval.” Joseph was 30 years old!!!
And sure enough, for the next seven years there were bumper crops everywhere. During those years, Joseph took a portion of all the crops grown in Egypt and stored them in the government storehouses in nearby cities.
Let us stop here for a moment and contemplate on what has happened to Joseph. He was always faithful to the Lord and everything he did was successful because the Lord was with him. Amen.
After seven years, the granaries were filled to overflowing. There was so much grain like sand on the seashores that the people could not keep track of the amount. And then the seven years of famine started.
Ref. Genesis, Ch. 39-41, the first of 66 books of the Bible, Tyndale House Publisher, Inc., (New Living Translation)