Scripture to Read: Genesis 45:1-15
In today's devotion, we witness a beautiful picture of the reconciliation that God Almighty brings through His power and grace. After Judah pleaded for Benjamin's release, Joseph was broken. As tears flowed from his eyes, Joseph made himself known to his brothers (Genesis 45:2). Not surprisingly, Joseph's brothers stayed silent, probably in shock that their brother Joseph was standing before their very eyes. Yet, the most shocking thing happened next. Joseph ministers to his brothers by saying, "And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life" (Genesis 45:4-5). The brother they tried to get rid of 20 years earlier was the brother encouraging them. Joseph let them know that the Lord had brought him to Egypt to save and preserve life. Joseph had his focus on God and His handiwork in his life, as is evident in Genesis 45:8, "So it was not you who sent me here, but God." Here we read of God's grace and reconciliation where anger and bitterness could have ruled, and Joseph wept for joy with his brothers, and they enjoyed fellowship with one another (Genesis 45:14-15). Reconciliation happened because Joseph trusted God and was guided by the power of God. When we are wronged, it can be easy to grow angry and let bitterness take root in our hearts. However, as we trust God, we know He uses all circumstances to mature us in Christ. As we pursue God and His Word, we walk in the hope of reconciliation found in Christ.
Challenge & Application
1. What does God show us about the perspective to have in trials and suffering of our lives? (Also read James 1:2-4.)
2. What fractured or broken relationship in your life can you be praying for right now?
Don’t forget to pray using the A.C.T.S. (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication) method!