Genesis 45:1-3,7-10,27-28 Then Joseph could not control himself before all those who stood by him, and he cried, “Have everyone go out from me.” So there was no man with him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers. He wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard it, and the household of Pharaoh heard of it. Then Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is my father still alive?” But his brothers could not answer him, for they were dismayed at his presence... “God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant in the earth, and to keep you alive by a great deliverance. “Now, therefore, it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh and lord of all his household and ruler over all the land of Egypt. “Hurry and go up to my father, and say to him, ‘Thus says your son Joseph, “God has made me lord of all Egypt; come down to me, do not delay. “You shall live in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near me, you and your children and your children’s children and your flocks and your herds and all that you have... When they told him all the words of Joseph that he had spoken to them, and when he saw the wagons that Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of their father Jacob revived. Then Israel said, “It is enough; my son Joseph is still alive. I will go and see him before I die.”
Finally Joseph can take it no longer and reveals himself, forgives his brothers and requests them to bring back Israel and the rest of their families to settle with him in the land of Goshen.
Seems like a real fairytale ending and fittingly so for a family that has gone through much because of misunderstanding, jealousy and deceit.
Is this as straightforward as it seems or is there more to it?
Joseph's brothers were dismayed when he revealed himself to them. This sounds strange but is such a reality of how we respond when our guilt is found out. Guilt that consumed us before and now seems forgotten but in reality is just bottled in.
Joseph's response to them reveals his transformed heart, not transformed by circumstances but by God who carried him through the harsh and good times.
God certainly blessed Joseph with great wisdom, love and compassion and Joseph was faithful to God by giving Him all the glory for everything in his life.
He did not simply credit God with the good aspects of his life but also thanked God for all the challenges he faced that brought him to this place of respect.
Based on this event, our learning is not to 'grin and bear' in the hard times and wait for the good ones to roll by but is one of humility and total submission.
God is in the business of transforming lives when we are willing to humble ourselves before him and put our complete trust in Him. He is sovereign over all, has great compassion and boundless love, treats us like His own and prospers us in His ways.
Are you willing to let go of the reins of your life and hand it over to Jesus Christ who has conquered sin and death for our sakes and offers us salvation through His shed blood? Is Joseph's life about his goodness or God's awesomeness to His faithful children?
In His Loving Service,
Colossians 3:12-14 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
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