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To Know It Is His Plans
11 August, 2008, 12:20 am
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Genesis 50:15-21

“15 When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “What if Joseph holds a grudge against us and pays us back for all the wrongs we did to him?” 16 So they sent word to Joseph, saying, “Your father left these instructions before he died: 17 ‘This is what you are to say to Joseph: I ask you to forgive your brothers the sins and the wrongs they committed in treating you so badly.’ Now please forgive the sins of the servants of the God of your father.” When their message came to him, Joseph wept.

 18 His brothers then came and threw themselves down before him. “We are your slaves,” they said.

 19 But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? 20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. 21 So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.”

 

We all know the story of Joseph, going through all that bad treatment he had from his brothers. For a person without God, he can easily hold on to that grudge for life, choose not to forgive his offenders and live in bitterness. But Joseph had God in him. He could recognise that the treatment he got was part of God’s greater plan. He could easily compare himself with other households where the youngest child was well liked and pampered by the older siblings. But he chose not to and believed strongly that all these were for a greater purpose.

 

This is something that I/we, should learn from Joseph:

  1. He did not turn to self pity to think that everyone in the world owes him something so as to make up for the unrighteous treatment he had as a youth.
  2. He was not unforgiving after such betrayal from his closed ones.
  3. He was not self absorbed to glare at God for the bad past and think that God should only make him happy.
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