Word Of Mouth


Genesis 40: 23, ‘Pharaoh’s chief cup-bearer, however, forgot all about Joseph, never giving him another thought’. (NLT)

How many of us have made promises that we ended up not keeping or honouring? After hearing and interpreting the king’s cupbearer’s dream, Joseph; recognising an opportunity to be released from prison said this to the cupbearer in Genesis 40 : 14, ‘Only remember me, when it is well with you, and please do me the kindness to mention me to Pharaoh, and so get me out of this house’. (ESV)

Hence, Joseph wanted the cupbearer to give a testimony of how Joseph had accurately interpreted the dream. If we speak of someone’s goodness to us, it will be hard for us to forget that person or the thing that was done.

Just like the cupbearer in today’s reading, many of us have forgotten about what God has done for us in the past and only seem to remember that yes, there is a God somewhere when we need Him again as seen in Genesis 41: 9.

Very interesting to note that Joseph told the cup bearer, ‘only remember me when it is well with you’. Just like Joseph said to the cupbearer, God is saying to you today, ‘only remember me when it is well with you’.

You would agree that most of us only seek God when we need something from Him. When everything is now alright, we go back to living life on our own strength. This shouldn’t be. If God does something for you, tell everybody about it. Even something as simple as sleeping and waking up. And just like the Bible said in Luke 16: 10, it is because we are unfaithful in talking about the small things that we don’t have bigger things to talk about.

Testify of the goodness of God in your life. Testify of your encounters with God. Testify of who you have experienced God to be and just watch and see.


  1. Hmmmmm – I have always struggled about standing up to give testimony to a full congregation but I testify of God’s goodness to anyone and everyone privately. Am I doing God a disservice? Just consider myself too private to mount the pulpit and blare it all out. But thanks for the great piece which has gotten me thinking.. God bless you.

    • So long as you’re proclaiming the goodness of God, that is fine. But testifying before a full congregation affords you the opportunity to reach more people at the same time. Because you never know just who might need to hear the testimony.