How Are You?
Read Genesis 40:4-8 with me:
"4 The captain of the guard appointed Joseph to be with them, and he attended them. They continued for some time in custody. 5 And one night they both dreamed—the cupbearer and the baker of the king of Egypt, who were confined in the prison—each his own dream, and each dream with its own interpretation. 6 When Joseph came to them in the morning, he saw that they were troubled. 7 So he asked Pharaoh's officers who were with him in custody in his master's house, “Why are your faces downcast today?” 8 They said to him, “We have had dreams, and there is no one to interpret them.” And Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Please tell them to me.”
I am intrigued by Joseph's actions here. He could have just said "Good morning!" and then sped off to complete his morning duties; however, he stopped what he was doing, evaluated the situation, asked the question and waited around for the response.
We all ask, "How are you?" and don't really expect the person we are asking to answer. When we ask "How are you" we are usually greeting our neighbor, our coworker, someone in the grocery store, etc. Joseph actually was investing his time to ask "Tell me why you are so sad".
The order of Joseph's actions were:
- He came
- He saw (evaluation)
- He asked
- He cared
Do we care about the people God has placed in our lives? Do we care about our coworker in the next cubicle? Do we care about the single mom living across the street? How about our classmate who is struggling with his or her classes? Let's demonstrate care to our neighbor.
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