Fast-forward two full years to when Joseph is standing before Pharaoh as the newly-appointed governor of Egypt. He was able to interpret both of the king's dreams and ultimately save the land from starvation (including his brothers who wanted him dead)...
- because the winebearer remembered that Joseph interpreted his dream in prison;
- because he was the prison warden's assistant;
- because he was imprisoned for a false accusation of rape by his master's wife;
- because his work ethic as a slave was so outstanding that his master named him estate manager;
- because he was sold into slavery by his brothers;
- because God anointed him with two prophetic dreams as a teen.
4 Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! 5 And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. 6 For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will be no plowing and reaping. 7 But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.
8 “So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt. [Genesis 45:4-8 New International Version (NIV); emphasis added by me]
Be blessed (especially if you're in the midst of your process)!
P.S. Stay tuned for part 3!