Read Genesis 42:6-38, Genesis chapters 43, 44 and Genesis 45:1-15
Today’s reading doesn’t lead off with commentary. It is a continuation of the story of Joseph’s rise to power despite the difficulties he faced and overcame with God’s help. Granted, Joseph has a little fun at the expense of his brothers, boys will be boys after all. But what I love most, as the commentary from yesterday’s reading says: “Joseph sees a clear culmination of a long series of events brought about by God’s providence.”
Joseph is emotionally overwhelmed by his brothers and what he says when he reveals his true identity to them is so heartfelt and endearing. Joseph has incredible insight and a healthy understanding of God and His plans.
Oh, to have the same outlook when I face trials.
But Joseph clearly sees God’s hand throughout his life and how His plans are best no matter how we feel about them. Joseph’s brothers are the reason he was enslaved and imprisoned, but Joseph saw it differently…
“Now do not be grieved or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life. God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant in the earth, and to keep you alive by a great deliverance. Now, therefore, it was not you who sent me here, but God…” Genesis 45:5, 7-8
Oh Lord, please give me that same conviction.