Genesis 40:6-7 When Joseph came to them the next morning, he saw that they were dejected. So he asked Pharaoh’s officials who were in custody with him in his master’s house, “Why do you look so sad today?”
I have things to do, places to go, people to see. I have stuff I need to accomplish. We all do; that’s how life is. When I’m trying to get through the line at the store, I am in a hurry. When I am stuck in traffic, I am frustrated. I’ve got to go, people! Do you ever feel that way? Of course you do.
Joseph had things to do, too. He was in charge of the prison, or at least a section of it. He was given charge to oversee prisoners. He had a job to do. He had meals to bring, jobs to hand out, paperwork to be filled out. He was a busy guy. Yet he stopped to notice something – the emotional state of the prisoners. Who cares about the emotional state of a prisoner? They did something wrong so forget about how they feel. Of course they are dejected… they are in JAIL! But Joseph wanted to know why they were sad today. Let’s talk about your feelings, bro.
What strikes me is the fact that Joseph cared at all. He was probably making his rounds either waking them up or bringing them breakfast. He had other prisoners to check on, but he stopped to find out how they were doing. So often, we get consumed with what we are doing, that we miss out on connecting with others along the way. If we could just get our minds off of ourselves for a moment, we would see that there are dejected people crying out. If we would take time to notice others, we might even have the opportunity to give them some of the hope that we have in Jesus.
*Are you consumed with your own stuff? Take a look around and ask God to give you opportunity to help someone else.