WALK BY FAITH AND NOT BY SIGHT

When the chief baker saw that the interpretation [of the dream] was good, he said to Joseph, “I also dreamed… Genesis 40:16(AMP)

Before interpreting any dream, Joseph acknowledged God. He said, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Please tell me [your dreams]”. The butler immediately began to tell Joseph his dream. His actions revealed his heart. He believed in what Joseph said, in other words he believed in God as the giver and interpreter of dreams. Even without inquiring of Joseph track record of successfully interpreting dreams, he moved in faith and submitted to God by narrating to Joseph his dream.

Meanwhile, the baker acted differently. Not much is recorded about him except the fact that the moment he saw that the butler’s dream interpretation was good, it was then that he was willing to narrate his dream. This reveals that he had no faith in God, he lived by his sight and not faith.In Habakkuk 2:4 (NKJV), the bible reveals-

Look at the proud one, His soul is not right within him, But the righteous will live by his faith [in the true God].

This verse gives a vivid differentiation between the butler and the baker. It reveals the butler to be a righteous man because that the righteous will live by faith. It distinguishes the baker as a proud man. The same verse reveals that the proud, trust in themselves. It is not a surprise, the baker never narrated his dream to Joseph, he trusted himself rather than God. That is why he waited to see the whether the butler’s dream interpretation was good or not, so that he would narrate his dream to Joseph. This is pride, and pride precedes destruction, this was the unfortunate destiny of the baker.

Hebrews 10:38-39 further expounds on the different between the righteous and the proud. It is very interesting to note that in both these verses the proud end up in destruction, unlike the righteous who saved.

And my righteous ones will live by faith. But I will take no pleasure in anyone who turns away.” But we are not like those who turn away from God to their own destruction. We are the faithful ones, whose souls will be saved. Hebrews 10:38-39 (NLT)

Faith is defined in the bible as the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses], (Hebrews 11:1). The butler demonstrated this by telling Joseph his dream despite knowing the outcome. This is what faith look like, while in prison in iron chains and fetters, when everything around looks empty and hopelessness is the theme of the day. The butler dated to hold fast his dream, search out its meaning by telling Joseph. He understood dreams came from God and his actions demonstrated his faith in God.

Meditate on:
1saiah 58:11(MSG)
I will always show you where to go.
I’ll give you a full life in the emptiest of places—
firm muscles, strong bones.
You’ll be like a well-watered garden,
a gurgling spring that never runs dry.

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