As I read this verse, I make a simple observation. I see that Joseph’s and Isreal’s situation is about to change drastically, all because a new king has risen. What he has done previously, which benefited the previous king, is now seen as a threat. It is difficult to imagine Joseph’s response to this. One moment my life is going great, I’m well respected, given a high ministerial post, and suddenly at the whims and fancies of the new king, I am now the public number one enemy.
As I ponder on this, I reflect on how much my hope for my future is placed on the shoulders of another human. Are my hopes placed on my boss for my career? My spouse for my happiness? My children for my success? If so, this text, with such stark clarity, is warning me never to do so! Because when these people change, when their situations change, when their passions change, which are all entirely possible, all my hopes will be dashed!
It is no wonder Peter urges me to do the same. He advises me to set my hope fully, not partially, on the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ.
I have been disappointed by people. I have disappointed others too. But do we need more bad experiences to validate this truth? God has been gracious to show it to us in His Word.
Father, help me respond to this truth and help me place my hope fully on your Son Jesus Christ.