God had given Joseph the gift of a couple of prophetic dreams in his youth, and He also gave him the ability to interpret dreams. Surely God had given the cupbearer his dream to be favorably interpreted by Joseph for a reason. And yet, the chapter closes this way: “The chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph; he forgot him.”
God was using all of these letdowns in Joseph’s life for a greater good. All of his pain and adversity would be redeemed one day. As we strive to be faithful to God, we need to remember this too. We might experience adversity because of our faithful obedience but never see God bring good from it, at least in this life. God has promised to work all things together for His glory and our good, but He has not promised that we will see how he does that. As God’s people, then, we must seek to serve God and trust Him, whether we see gain and reward or not.
How has God brought good from adversity you have experienced because of your obedience? How have you experienced adversity without seeing good yet come from it?