Daily Read – Genesis 50:1-Exodus 2:10; Matthew 16:13-17:9; Psalm 21:1-13; Proverbs 5:1-6
A Story of Forgiveness
So they sent messengers to Joseph, saying,
"Before your father died he commanded, saying,
'Thus you shall say to Joseph:
"I beg you, please forgive the trespass of your brothers and their sin; for they did evil to you."'
Now, please, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of your father."
And Joseph wept when they spoke to him.
Then his brothers also went and fell down before his face, and they said,
"Behold, we are your servants."
Joseph said to them, "Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God?
But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good,
in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.
Now therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones."
And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.
Within the pages of the Word of God, there are stories divinely placed by the Holy Spirit to bring the reader into places of self-introspection. His light of truth shines deep within our hearts exposing areas we might not otherwise have seen.
One story provoking such reflection is that of Joseph. Coming into this world as the favored one of his father, Joseph found himself in quite the predicament. He is adored and coddled by his father, but scorned and mocked by his jealous brothers.
This tension led to events that have made this story infamous. His brothers sold him into slavery believing they had rid themselves of this favored one forever. As you know by reading the story, God not only brings total vindication to Joseph delivering him from the prison cell to becoming the favored of Pharaoh, but also uses him to rescue the destiny of Abraham's seed.
The story could end here making quite a spiritual impact on the reader; however, there is a basic, yet powerful truth that sometimes escapes notice. Joseph exemplifies the beautiful ability to forgive.
From betrayal by his own brothers to unjust imprisonment, he has ample opportunity to live a life tormented by unforgiveness and bitterness. Surely, time in a secluded jail cell helped him release the anger and rage he had to have experienced, but he still had a choice to forgive. His decision affected the destiny of God's chosen people.
When Joseph came face to face with his brothers it is in that moment he makes a decision that forever impacts the destiny of God's chosen people and the Kingdom of God! He chose to walk in the wisdom and self-control of God. This decision could only come from his spirit man and not from his soul (mind, will, or emotions). Joseph chose to forgive and bless the very ones who betrayed him.
Upon seeing his brothers, did he truly know that his choice would affect the plan and purposes of God for generations? Did he even think about that or did this decision come more from a place of refined, tested character?
He learned a valuable truth while in the depths of the wilderness; he came to realize that his God works all things together for the good to those who love Him and are called to His purposes.
Even from the depths of sorrow and despair; even held bound in the chains of his captors, Joseph never lost sight of his destiny. He saw his destiny written everywhere he went because he meditated upon the dreams and promises God had given him.
In the midst of his physical imprisonment, Joseph learned how to find freedom in his heart. He learned to release the bondage of unforgiveness. He could never have embraced his brothers if he still had an unforgiving heart.
The ability to extend the grace and forgiveness of Christ will prove to be extremely important in this hour. It opens doors of opportunity that influences the Kingdom in ways our natural mind cannot grasp.
The hour is late and believers must not hold unto grudges and offenses.
Let go and forgive
Destiny hangs in the balance!