The temptation to be vindictive is alluring. When we have been wronged, there is a desire to see vindication. When we have the opportunity to carry out the vindication, it is even more tempting. Joseph had the opportunity to really wreak havoc on his brothers. He could have sent them away with nothing, he could have killed them on the spot—But, the years of trial and provision had changed the desire within his heart.
When we go through trials, we are sometimes given the opportunity to be vindictive or even vengeful with those that have caused us pain. But, as we walk with the Lord, we discover that no thing that has happened to us—has done so without God’s allowance. We also see, often in hindsight, that while we do not like the circumstance, we have grown more like Christ due to the trial and tribulation we faced. God says vengeance is his—he will repay. If we have trusted him this far, then release the desire to get even and replace it with the desire to follow the Lord.
God Bless You
14 Joseph said to them, “It is just as I told you: You are spies! 15 And this is how you will be tested: As surely as Pharaoh lives, you will not leave this place unless your youngest brother comes here. 16 Send one of your number to get your brother; the rest of you will be kept in prison, so that your words may be tested to see if you are telling the truth. If you are not, then as surely as Pharaoh lives, you are spies!” 17 And he put them all in custody for three days.
18 On the third day, Joseph said to them, “Do this and you will live, for I fear God: 19 If you are honest men, let one of your brothers stay here in prison, while the rest of you go and take grain back for your starving households. 20 But you must bring your youngest brother to me, so that your words may be verified and that you may not die.” This they proceeded to do.
21 They said to one another, “Surely we are being punished because of our brother. We saw how distressed he was when he pleaded with us for his life, but we would not listen; that’s why this distress has come on us.”
22 Reuben replied, “Didn’t I tell you not to sin against the boy? But you wouldn’t listen! Now we must give an accounting for his blood.” 23 They did not realize that Joseph could understand them, since he was using an interpreter.