Today’s reading from Genesis comes from chapters 45-47. As I read these chapters, I couldn’t help but think of all that Joseph had been through prior to this. His brothers sold him into slavery and was treated terribly by those closest to him just as Tatiana mentions.
But his trust and reliance on God the Father never failed. He never stops giving glory to and trusting in God!
For me the key verse or verses came in the opening verses of Chapter 45. Joseph is overwhelmed with emotion and weeps so loudly that he could be heard by many! He then announces …”I am Joseph!”. His next actions or words could have been harsh, vengeance could have been had, but instead we read “So Joseph said to his brothers, “Come near to me, please.” And they came near. And he said “I am your brother Joseph whom you sold into Egypt. And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life”.
His compassion, forgiveness, wisdom and hindsight are amazing. He possesses such clarity about the situation and the past situations because of an incredible trust in God the Father.
I can think of a lot of situations where I wanted to or even chose to “get even” or settle things myself. Oh how I have been in error. Scripture says that vengeance belongs to God and Joseph lives that out in 3D here in this scripture. Instead he chooses love and compassion for his brothers and Father. He lets them know that hey, you were never in control, it was God’s plan for all of this to take place.
What I have read makes me want to see tough situations in a different light. To see it as perhaps something that God is using for a much bigger purpose. This would help me to lighten up and enjoy the journey more and not be fixated on the why all the time.
I’m hopeful that this reading will also give me greater vision towards others and their actions that impact me. I must be under God’s influence above and before the influence of others.
I will go with God by actively trying to see where he is in my present and future situations. He’s always there, we just need to search harder at times. And sometimes we simply need to be still to find him and hear him.
I saw the life of Jesus and his sacrifice and heard him saying “forgive them Father for they know not what they do.” He bore all our sins for the greater good of all. And for this, I am eternally grateful and want to be a servant to the most high!