What a story! Joseph’s brothers do the unthinkable. They sell him as a slave. Now many years later the tables have turned and Joseph has an opportunity to pay them back with evil or with good.
Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.
1 Peter 3:9
Joseph sends everyone out of the room, breaks down and cries as he tells them his true identity. Can you imagine how they must feel? The fear? The embarrassment? The shock?
Joseph shows the character and forgiveness of God.
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. (v.5)
Joseph understood that often our disappointments are God’s appointments! God is sovereign, in charge of everything, and He has a plan for our lives. The power comes when we accept that and submit to His plans.
- Who does God want you to forgive and release?
- In what ways do you try to control your destiny rather than submitting your destiny to God?
- How is God leading you in your life decisions right now?
By: Tim Parsons