Be True To Your Word

February 13, 2018

Genesis 40:21-23… He restored the chief cupbearer to his position, and he placed the cup in Pharaoh’s hand. But he hanged the chief baker as Joseph had interpreted to them. Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.

            Those two men were put in prison with Joseph by the Pharaoh. While there they both dreamed dreams and Joseph interpreted them. In his interpretation of the cupbearers dream, he told him that Pharaoh would restore him to his former position and he told him to remember him(Joseph) to the Pharaoh.  He was set free as Joseph had interpreted, but he forgot about Joseph.

            I read two messages in this story:

1.     People will sometimes not follow through on promises.

2.     We should be particularly diligent to fulfill our vows.

As we read on in this story of Joseph, we learn that he is eventually set free from prison; the cupbearer finally did tell Pharaoh about Joseph and Joseph interpreted a dream for Pharaoh.

I have experienced times when  a person didn’t follow through on a promise. I suppose they could have forgotten, but I think sometimes they conveniently forget. It is most disconcerting when that happens. And often it is very inconvenient because I have to pick up the slack for their forgetfulness. Because of that, and besides that, I ought to be faithful to any promise I make. When we make a promise, it involves another person… the one we made the promise to. We need to consider them in the fulfillment of the promise.

            Yes, it is about me being true to my word; but, it is also about the other person receiving what was promised. In my case, it is about reputation; in the other person’s case, it is often about change. Don’t limit your considerations to your own reputation: consider, also, the other person’s needs and expectations.

            Far too often, we are consumed with our personal well-being.  Jesus said, “Love your neighbor as your self.” He did not say, “instead of yourself.” We care for our personal comfort and safety. Care for others with the same intensity.