While Godly, We Are Still Human–Genesis 42 Part 2

It would be difficult not to retaliate against the people that turned your life upside down.  There Joseph stood–with all the power of Pharaoh, he could easily have destroyed his brothers.  It must have been a difficult moment to balance power and responsibility.  Yet, Joseph balanced it well.  He met his families needs, but, he also tested the hearts of these men that literally attempted to take his life and way from him. No matter how spiritual or aligned with God Joseph was–he knew how these men had lied, deceived and destroyed the family–and He could repay it.
In our lives, just because we are new creations in Christ–that does not erase the human desires we still carry.  We are ever as much sinners–we are simply saved by grace.  Like Joseph, we must face the constant testing and temptation of life and choose to yield our personal desires to conform to the image of God.  It is neither easy, nor are we 100% successful in our efforts. When we do yield, however, we get to see his plan unfold and experience his power in our lives.  Our personal desires and feelings will never match the plan for his amazing journey in our lives.  Trust and Obey!
God Bless You
Although Joseph recognized his brothers, they did not recognize him. Then he remembered his dreams about them and said to them, “You are spies! You have come to see where our land is unprotected.”10 “No, my lord,” they answered. “Your servants have come to buy food. 11 We are all the sons of one man. Your servants are honest men, not spies.”

12 “No!” he said to them. “You have come to see where our land is unprotected.”

13 But they replied, “Your servants were twelve brothers, the sons of one man, who lives in the land of Canaan. The youngest is now with our father, and one is no more.”

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.

24 He turned away from them and began to weep, but then came back and spoke to them again. He had Simeon taken from them and bound before their eyes.

Published by Michael Smith

This is an amazing Journey. I hope you will hear from the Lord, as you seek Him with your heart. Matthew 6:33

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