“Yet the chief butler did not remember Joseph, but forgot him” (Gen. 40:23).
The butler in our text represents a bad example and a warning for believers. He was swift to overlook the vessel Yahweh used to add value to his destiny–for Joseph’s name means “He will give increase”. By forgetting God’s messenger, the butler forgot God.
Beloved, beware of the danger of forgetting Yahweh “when you have eaten and are full, and have built beautiful houses and dwell in them; and when your herds and flocks multiply, and your silver and gold are multiplied…” (see Deut. 8:12-13). Such memory loss is not your portion! The danger of such forgetting lies in the removal of the peculiar protection and privileged position God’s people enjoy (Deut. 8:20). That’s a risk we cannot afford. Rather, “You shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may confirm His covenant that He swore to your fathers, as it is this day” (Deut. 8:18).