Good morning y’all. Thank God it’s Friday :). Today we are in chapter 45 of Genesis. In this chapter Joseph finally reveals his identity to his brothers. He invites them to move to Egypt with their father so he can take care of them. Brothers return home and tell their father about Joseph and how God has helped him in Egypt.
Be blessed 🙂
Joseph finally reveals his identity to his brothers. He cried so much that the Egyptians outside heard him and went to tell the king. His brothers on the other hand were speechless. I’m sure the look on their faces was priceless…lol.
I am going to focus today’s blog on verses 5-8.
Don’t worry or blame yourselves for what you did. God is the one who sent me ahead of you to save lives. There has already been a famine for two years, and for five more years no one will plow fields or harvest grain. But God sent me on ahead of you to keep your families alive and to save you in this wonderful way. After all, you weren’t really the ones who sent me here—it was God. He made me the highest official in the king’s court and placed me over all Egypt. (Genesis 45:5-8 CEVUS06)
1) Joseph was concerned about his brothers feelings and he quickly reassured them and told them not to feel bad!(like seriously! concerned about the ones that hurt you!!!). I am amazed at his level of compassion because I know what I would have done if I was in Josephs situation. My concern would not be for the offending party’s feelings. I would want to make them feel bad as much as I can so they understand the gravity of the pain they’ve put me through. But I thank God for brother Joseph because he didn’t yield to his flesh rather we see him react in a godly manner.
He was patient, compassionate, kind and gentle with his brothers. He wanted them to understand that it was God all along orchestrating everything so that he could save them.
I pray when we are faced with situations like this, we don’t yield to our flesh but rather to the spirit.
2) Joseph had the right perspective regards the whole situation. He was able to view the whole situation through the eyes of God. He understood that all that happened, had been God divinely orchestrating his life. Even though his brothers thought it was them, truly it was God all along steering him in the path He wanted for his life.
I believe this could have only come as a result of his relationship and knowledge of God. He knew that God who gave him the dreams was able to bring them to pass and was not going to leave him alone.
Having the right perspective must have also helped him maintain a good attitude during the whole journey from slavery to prison to palace. Without the right perspective he would have been bitter and angry and as a result, he probably would have never made it to the palace!
I pray whatever situation we find ourselves we are able to see it through the eyes of God.
3) Joseph maintained a good attitude. He wasn’t bitter rather he was pleasant, compassionate and gentle. He wasn’t angry rather he was kind, loving and friendly. He wasn’t proud rather he was humble. Even when presented with the opportunity for revenge, he didn’t take it, instead he showed kindness and compassion. He continued to do the right thing and we see how God came through for him. He eventually became the 2nd in command to the king himself.
I pray God gives us the grace to maintain the right attitude as we go through life.
Friends, when we choose to see the good in the midst of our trials; when see the sovereignty of God in our lives and realise that HE alone has the power to do and undo; when we realise that the enemy can only try but can’t succeed unless the Lord permits them because he has a purpose for it, then I believe it will be easier for us to forgive those who hurt us, show compassion, have a right perspective and maintain a good attitude.
I will conclude with James 1: 2-4 and Romans 5: 3-5
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.( James 1:2-4 NKJV)
And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.( Romans 5:3-5 NKJV)
Dear God we thank you for today and for your word. We ask for the grace to show compassion to those who have offended us. Help us have the right perspective and see the situation through your eyes. Help us maintain the right attitude as we go through life; that we would not yield to our flesh but rather to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Thank you Lord for we ask in faith and believe we have received In Jesus Name. Amen.
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Note there will be no chapter blog tomorrow. The next chapter blog will be on Monday for Genesis 46. But God helping me, I will post a blog tomorrow summarising what I’ve learnt so far in the book of Genesis 🙂
Have a blessed day and remember God is sovereign 🙂
***With God all things are possible***