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When Joseph revealed his identity to his brothers they were terror stricken.  The years of deceit, the burden of guilt and the devastation to their father all came rushing in at once.  Then, the entire game changed.  Now it was time for the completion of the restoration of Joseph.  It was not simply enough that Joseph’s suffering ended, God now would complete his prophecy and have the entire family brought to Egypt and His Father back to life.  Jacob had suffered greatly at the loss of his son—Now the joy of his return, literally brought Jacob (Israel) back to life. It was a party in Egypt like none other.

In our lives, we do encounter trials and tests that make life a continuing struggle.  But every now and again, as we follow, there is also a game changer in our lives.  When they occur, we are often at a loss on how to handle them. The answer is to celebrate and enjoy God’s blessings when they occur.  There is no need to become self assured or cocky, but, we are to rejoice with those who rejoice.  It is great to be blessed and greater still to celebrate the blessing.  Joseph, Pharaoh and Israel had a lot to celebrate—and  they did.  When we have the opportunity to do the same—by golly, we should.

God Bless You

When the news reached Pharaoh’s palace that Joseph’s brothers had come, Pharaoh and all his officials were pleased. 17 Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Tell your brothers, ‘Do this: Load your animals and return to the land of Canaan, 18 and bring your father and your families back to me. I will give you the best of the land of Egypt and you can enjoy the fat of the land.’

19 “You are also directed to tell them, ‘Do this: Take some carts from Egypt for your children and your wives, and get your father and come. 20 Never mind about your belongings, because the best of all Egypt will be yours.’”…

 So they went up out of Egypt and came to their father Jacob in the land of Canaan. 26 They told him, “Joseph is still alive! In fact, he is ruler of all Egypt.” Jacob was stunned; he did not believe them. 27 But when they told him everything Joseph had said to them, and when he saw the carts Joseph had sent to carry him back, the spirit of their father Jacob revived. 28 And Israel said, “I’m convinced! My son Joseph is still alive. I will go and see him before I die