1/27/2018 — Genesis Chapters 43-45
I see two marvelous examples for us in Chapter 45 — first, forgiveness and second, a recognition of God’s will and His plan.
In verses 4-5 we see Joseph forgive his brothers & a statement of Joseph’s recognition of God’s will in all of their lives:
Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! 5 And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you.
And again in vv. 7-8 we see Joseph more fully discuss his recognition of how all the challenges and hardships in his life have been part of God’s plan for an entire nation.
7 But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance. 8 “So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt
The example for us is evident. When all is not going according to our plan can we separate ourselves from the emotions of the struggle and reflect on how the struggle could be a part of God’s greater plan?