How willing are we to believe that our journey is God’s to direct. Joseph’s Brothers committed some pretty horrific actions that left Joseph a slave and separated from his dad for most of his life. Joseph’s dad now dead—left Joseph and his brothers to contemplate the past acts and decide what happens in the future. Joseph had grown up trusting God and as a result had led Egypt and the World through the worst Famine ever. The Brothers, lived their lives on their own and were less trusting of God and his plan. Joseph had long ago forgiven them and moved to make their lives better—that was not going to change—the Brothers, like the world simply could not comprehend the unconditional nature of the love and forgiveness they were being shown.
In our lives, we have to realize God does love us as unconditionally. We are not perfect, we make mistakes and do things that are simply sin. But as God forgives us, we are called to forgive others. As we do, we are demonstrating the very nature of the Father and his impact on our lives. We are also demonstrating our faith in him by trusting his plan is always right. We will find a greater freedom than we could ever build for ourselves—when we fully rely upon God!
God Bless You
15 When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “What if Joseph holds a grudge against us and pays us back for all the wrongs we did to him?” 16 So they sent word to Joseph, saying, “Your father left these instructions before he died: 17 ‘This is what you are to say to Joseph: I ask you to forgive your brothers the sins and the wrongs they committed in treating you so badly.’ Now please forgive the sins of the servants of the God of your father.” When their message came to him, Joseph wept.
18 His brothers then came and threw themselves down before him. “We are your slaves,” they said.
19 But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? 20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. 21 So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.