Sometimes it is just hard to believe the truth. Jacob was dead and the brothers were left to face Joseph alone. It had been 17 years since they came to Egypt, but, there was still a nagging fear between the brothers, that fear was based on the guilt they carried for what they had done. Joseph had been over it for a long time, God showed him that he allowed the trials to save the nation. That was good enough for Joseph.
So Joseph once again, had to sit his brothers down and reassure them that they had no need to be worried or fearful. They were forgiven and cared for–that was God’s plan. They were ready to be slaves, but God was not, at least not yet.
In our lives, we also struggle to release the guilt from our past. No matter how the Lord may see us, we still see ourselves as the sinners that we are. God’s word, like Joseph’s is the same–Don’t worry, you are forgiven and I will provide for you! Those two phrases should bring peace and joy like none other. We, like the brothers are part of God’s plan, and God has accounted for our deeds and our lives since time began. Take heart, God always keeps his promises.
God Bless You
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.