July 13 – Genesis 44:1-13
July 13 – Genesis 44:1-13
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Heavenly Father, this story always gives me goosebumps. Just seeing how God worked in this situation with all the years that Joseph spent away from his family and then in prison, and then to be elevated to the level of authority over everyone in Egypt except for Pharoah. That is something only You could do. Then to see You did it all so You could save Your children and give them a new home. Of course, we see this is just the beginning of more heartache for them, but we will see You once again come in and rescue them. I just love how You work difficult circumstances to bring honor to Your name. You are so amazing in how patient You are. You wait for years to put Joseph in a position of authority where he could help his family, and so often You wait many years for us to come back to You. Thank You for being so loving, kind and patient with us and for us.
In Jesus’ name.
I just can’t help but think of how very unkind these brothers had been to Joseph. I also marvel at the continued kindness Joseph showed them. It also amazes me that God had given the ability to Joseph to know who these men were. He was able to breathe a sigh of relief about Jacob and laid eyes on Benjamin. He was so overcome by great emotion. This just warmed my heart as well. How is this possible?
Only through God and His most excellent plan was Joseph’s sorrow made good.
Are you struggling with forgiving a wrongdoing that you have endured for years? Is this pain so great that at times it becomes unbearable? Take it to God and lay it at His feet.
Rejoice in what He did for Joseph and know He loves you just as He loved Joseph. Ask God for the ability and desire to forgive. His plan is perfect.
44 Then he commanded the steward of his house, “Fill the men's sacks with food, as much as they can carry, and put each man's money in the mouth of his sack, 2 and put my cup, the silver cup, in the mouth of the sack of the youngest, with his money for the grain.” And he did as Joseph told him.
3 As soon as the morning was light, the men were sent away with their donkeys. 4 They had gone only a short distance from the city. Now Joseph said to his steward, “Up, follow after the men, and when you overtake them, say to them, ‘Why have you repaid evil for good? 5 Is it not from this that my lord drinks, and by this that he practices divination? You have done evil in doing this.’”
6 When he overtook them, he spoke to them these words. 7 They said to him, “Why does my lord speak such words as these? Far be it from your servants to do such a thing! 8 Behold, the money that we found in the mouths of our sacks we brought back to you from the land of Canaan. How then could we steal silver or gold from your lord's house? 9 Whichever of your servants is found with it shall die, and we also will be my lord's servants.” 10 He said, “Let it be as you say: he who is found with it shall be my servant, and the rest of you shall be innocent.” 11 Then each man quickly lowered his sack to the ground, and each man opened his sack. 12 And he searched, beginning with the eldest and ending with the youngest. And the cup was found in Benjamin's sack. 13 Then they tore their clothes, and every man loaded his donkey, and they returned to the city.