Joseph couldn’t stand it any more. He had tried and tested the brothers and found that they truly changed. The brothers had at least prioritized the feelings of their father above their own. Joseph had to tell them the truth–what a reveal. I am sure the feelings of the brothers were a mix of confusion and outright terror. After years of guilt and shame, they had just weathered the ordeal of being accused of being spies; then, they were seeking to save the life of their brother. Now, after all that, it was the object of their guilt that held their very lives in his hand.
For Joseph, he was finally free. He was free from slavery, free from confusion and free from the pain of being separated from his family. He was managing Egypt and preserving the lives of that nation and the lives of the future nation of Israel. It was a happy day for him. It was also a strange day in the palace. The servants, guards and staff watched Pharaoh’s right hand guy become a puddle. In the end, it was a great day–the day God’s plan came into sharp focus.
In our lives, we may have to walk a number of miles on the journey before we begin to see God’s plan take shape. Then, as it does, if we will continue to humbly follow and allow him to continue his efforts–then we will see his plan come into sharp focus. As it does, we will find that our lives matter–to our families, and often, to so many more folks we would never have known or influenced–except for God’s influence. That is when freedom rings and we experience the joy of seeing him, not us, doing the amazing work in our lives.
God Bless You
Joseph could stand it no longer. There were many people in the room, and he said to his attendants, “Out, all of you!” So he was alone with his brothers when he told them who he was. 2 Then he broke down and wept. He wept so loudly the Egyptians could hear him, and word of it quickly carried to Pharaoh’s palace.3 “I am Joseph!” he said to his brothers. “Is my father still alive?” But his brothers were speechless! They were stunned to realize that Joseph was standing there in front of them. 4 “Please, come closer,” he said to them. So they came closer. And he said again, “I am Joseph, your brother, whom you sold into slavery in Egypt. 5 But don’t be upset, and don’t be angry with yourselves for selling me to this place. It was God who sent me here ahead of you to preserve your lives. 6 This famine that has ravaged the land for two years will last five more years, and there will be neither plowing nor harvesting. 7 God has sent me ahead of you to keep you and your families alive and to preserve many survivors. 8 So it was God who sent me here, not you! And he is the one who made me an adviser to Pharaoh—the manager of his entire palace and the governor of all Egypt.
9 “Now hurry back to my father and tell him, ‘This is what your son Joseph says: God has made me master over all the land of Egypt. So come down to me immediately! 10 You can live in the region of Goshen, where you can be near me with all your children and grandchildren, your flocks and herds, and everything you own.