There was no doubt that the heart of the brothers was different. As they brought Benjamin to Joseph, they could see his attraction. They were astounded as they learned the silver was accounted for and Simeon was returned. Clearly, from their perspective, this was too good to be true.
Joseph was also amazed. There in front of him was his little brother. He had not see him for 20 years. His father was alive and well, and God had kept his word and made Joseph the ruler over his family. Not only had God shown himself faithful, He showed Joseph why all had occurred the way it did. He would never have been able to save the family from Israel’s tents. He would never have been able to store the food and prepare Egypt in any other capacity. So, now as the reality flooded back–the only emotion remaining was peace and gratefulness.
In the right time, God reveals Himself and his plan to his own. We have to be paying attention to the signs; and we have to remain hopeful and grateful as the signs appear. We can never give up–no matter how lonely or how dreary life seems to become. He will not abandon us, and he will not fail us–despite what the enemy tries to make us believe. We, like Joseph, need to stay focused upon the mission and release the anger, bitterness and regrets we have collected on the journey. If we will, it will all come flooding back–we will see the glory of God’s plan and be engulfed in the power of his spirit. He knows the plans he has for us–He will carry that plan out until we join him.
God Bless You
“It’s all right,” he said. “Don’t be afraid. Your God, the God of your father, has given you treasure in your sacks; I received your silver.” Then he brought Simeon out to them.24 The steward took the men into Joseph’s house, gave them water to wash their feet and provided fodder for their donkeys. 25 They prepared their gifts for Joseph’s arrival at noon, because they had heard that they were to eat there.
26 When Joseph came home, they presented to him the gifts they had brought into the house, and they bowed down before him to the ground. 27 He asked them how they were, and then he said, “How is your aged father you told me about? Is he still living?”
28 They replied, “Your servant our father is still alive and well.” And they bowed down, prostrating themselves before him.
29 As he looked about and saw his brother Benjamin, his own mother’s son, he asked, “Is this your youngest brother, the one you told me about?” And he said, “God be gracious to you, my son.” 30 Deeply moved at the sight of his brother, Joseph hurried out and looked for a place to weep. He went into his private room and wept there.
31 After he had washed his face, he came out and, controlling himself, said, “Serve the food.”
32 They served him by himself, the brothers by themselves, and the Egyptians who ate with him by themselves, because Egyptians could not eat with Hebrews, for that is detestable to Egyptians. 33 The men had been seated before him in the order of their ages, from the firstborn to the youngest; and they looked at each other in astonishment. 34 When portions were served to them from Joseph’s table, Benjamin’s portion was five times as much as anyone else’s. So they feasted and drank freely with him.