Genesis 45: Joseph reveals himself to his betraying brothers.
Lessons for Living Today:
The one who harms another hopes to never meet them again. When Joseph finally revealed himself to his brothers it was with great sobbing. Emotions ran high for all of them. The brothers were simply speechless to think standing before them in a position of great power was the one they once sought to get rid of by selling into slavery. Can you imagine the thoughts running through their minds? “He’s going to kill us” was probably their first thought. But then Joseph said something that shocked them. “Don’t blame yourselves for selling me. God was behind it. God sent me on ahead to save your lives in an amazing act of deliverance.”
This story is a reminder to us today to look for the good in every situation—for we will surely find it. God used the natural jealousy of Joseph’s brothers to “send him on ahead of them to Egypt.” What they meant to harm, God took and used to bless. Oh to have the insight and strength of Joseph to forgive and be faithful to God whatever the circumstances.
Let’s look back at our life’s journey. Have we missed any divine appointments? Did we respond to heartbreak or personal disaster as being the victim? Or did we lean heavily on God, through His Word, and see the light at the end of the tunnel. Let’s use the moments when we’re frightened and speechless to allow God to speak into our hearts His Words of wisdom. Have we made some poor choices? So did Joseph’s brothers. God can work his amazing plan through whatever choices we make. We may suffer the consequences but if we are faithful to God He will make a way for us to see and enjoy the joy waiting just around the corner.
God’s Question: Will you seek my council before making choices?
God’s Promise: Love, joy and peace available for the asking.
My Prayer to God:
I praise You for Your amazing wisdom in working things out.
I am sorry I have ever wasted my time worrying.
Thank You for Your love in spite of my foolishness.
Help me Love and forgive as I want You to love and forgive me.