Genesis 45:1-3,7-10,27-28 Then Joseph could not control himself before all those who stood by him, and he cried, “Have everyone go out from me.” So there was no man with him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers. He wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard it, and the household of Pharaoh heard of it. Then Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is my father still alive?” But his brothers could not answer him, for they were dismayed at his presence… “God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant in the earth, and to keep you alive by a great deliverance. “Now, therefore, it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh and lord of all his household and ruler over all the land of Egypt. “Hurry and go up to my father, and say to him, ‘Thus says your son Joseph, “God has made me lord of all Egypt; come down to me, do not delay. “You shall live in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near me, you and your children and your children’s children and your flocks and your herds and all that you have… When they told him all the words of Joseph that he had spoken to them, and when he saw the wagons that Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of their father Jacob revived. Then Israel said, “It is enough; my son Joseph is still alive. I will go and see him before I die.”

Finally Joseph can take it no longer and reveals himself, forgives his brothers and requests them to bring back Israel and the rest of their families to settle with him in the land of Goshen.

Seems like a real fairytale ending and fittingly so for a family that has gone through much because of misunderstanding, jealousy and deceit.

Is this as straightforward as it seems or is there more to it?

Joseph’s brothers were dismayed when he revealed himself to them. This sounds strange but is such a reality of how we respond when our guilt is found out. Guilt that consumed us before and now seems forgotten but in reality is just bottled in.

Joseph’s response to them reveals his transformed heart, not transformed by circumstances but by God who carried him through the harsh and good times.

God certainly blessed Joseph with great wisdom, love and compassion and Joseph was faithful to God by giving Him all the glory for everything in his life.

He did not simply credit God with the good aspects of his life but also thanked God for all the challenges he faced that brought him to this place of respect.

Based on this event, our learning is not to ‘grin and bear’ in the hard times and wait for the good ones to roll by but is one of humility and total submission.

God is in the business of transforming lives when we are willing to humble ourselves before him and put our complete trust in Him. He is sovereign over all, has great compassion and boundless love, treats us like His own and prospers us in His ways.

Are you willing to let go of the reins of your life and hand it over to Jesus Christ who has conquered sin and death for our sakes and offers us salvation through His shed blood? Is Joseph’s life about his goodness or God’s awesomeness to His faithful children?

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Colossians 3:12-14 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

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Comments
  1. I wish I could tell you how much I have been inspired by the the things you have gleaned from this passage of scripture. I am so thankful that you shared your thoughts.

    I also like the admonition in the Colossians passage. God’s chosen people may stumble, but they shall not be utterly cast down. He keeps us. He might have to chasten and exhort, but I am so very glad that we really are His if we have called on Him, and He provides us with new opportunities to express our love for Him and for others. It is my hope that as I continue coming to the Lord that He will strengthen me to do those things in that Colossians passage in a much greater measure than I have in the past. It would mean so much to me if you would remember me in your prayers.

    Looking Unto Jesus.

    Theresa

    • ServantBoy says:

      Hi Theresa,

      Thank you for your thoughtful and kind comment. The thoughts of our hearts and minds are directed by God when we submit them to Him and so I cannot take away His glory. I can only point to Him and praise Him for what He is doing through each of us.

      When I saw your comment, ‘It is my hope that as I continue coming to the Lord that He will strengthen me to do those things in that Colossians passage in a much greater measure than I have in the past’ it struck me as interesting because that was the exact thought, hope and prayer I had. When I consider my 14 years of walking with the Lord, I find that I started out an infant who was blind to any truth about God and today am a 14yr old teenager all excited about God but am hoping I mature into a man of God filled with the zeal and purpose of God.

      I will be praying for you and that God keeps you faithful and committed to the end. One wonderful learning for me yesterday was that God is our strength and so we need not ask for His strength to cope because He is in us. Use the word strength in the Bible concordance (http://bibletab.com/) and you will be amazed the number of times God is revealed as our strength like in Psalms 19:14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer. (KJV BBE WBS).

      In Christ,
      Vineet

      • Hi Vineet,

        Thank you for the prayer, words of encouragement, and the link. These words were especially helpful:

        “One wonderful learning for me yesterday was that God is our strength and so we need not ask for His strength to cope because He is in us.”

        I have heard that before. He “is” every good thing that might be found in us. I was reminded of these beautiful verses:

        14The LORD is my strength and song, and is become my salvation.

        15The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly. Psalm 118:14-15

        Thank you so much for reminding me of that today.

        Theresa

  2. Ann says:

    “God is in the business of transforming lives when we are willing to humble ourselves before him and put our complete trust in Him. He is sovereign over all, has great compassion and boundless love, treats us like His own and prospers us in His ways.”

    A few years ago I did a course called ‘Transforming Lives’ . It was interesting to see the difference God could make in the life of a believer who chooses to give Him the reigns. Your post reminds me of the sessions we went through – thanks for the great memories!

    Only a life transformed can take the jabs and hits of the daily grind and turn them over to Him for His glory. It’s not easy!!!! (As much as I went through this course, there are days I have to ask God ‘why?’ … I’m thinking it won’t all be over until we reach our journey’s end.

    Blessings and thanks much. Trusting God will help us have the right heart attitude – regardless.

    ann

    P.S – more about the books … (http://store.bible.org/category.asp?CategoryID=30&ParentID=28 Thankful to know the books are still in print!! )

    • ServantBoy says:

      Hi Ann,

      Thank you for sharing details of the book that you studied in the course and I agree with you about how true it is that God transforms lives when fully submitted to Him but it is yet a challenge for the transformed to live out their faith in the hard times we live in.

      For a long while, I battled with the question of how we can live and glorify God if we are constantly battling sin and brokenness in this world. When I started the study of Genesis, I realized that we live in brokenness because of Adam and Eve’s sin and will never get away from it until we are taken up to be with the Lord. The toil and pain that God punished Adam and Eve with is real in our lives today and when we move from looking at the toil and pain to looking at the beautiful face of Jesus, everything is restored and we are strong again.

      God gives us the opportunity to live with the harsh realities of our handiworks and glorify Him, therefore being different from the world in their response to the same challenges. We are living testimonies and when we shift our focus from our problems to the solution, Jesus, we start praising God in our toil and suddenly our pain vanishes and our hearts are full of praise.

      In Christ,
      Vineet

  3. Debbie says:

    Really liking these posts Vineet! So thankful He has your ear and heart tuned in! He is doing something in me that this message absolutely addresses . . .the humility and submission, thanksgiving even in the hard times. No grin and bear its. 🙂 I want it all to be about His awesomeness and faithfulness. God bless you and your desire to serve Him always!

    • ServantBoy says:

      Hi Debbie,

      When the world sees us smiling regardless of our bent backs and greying hair is when they see Christ in us. Running away from pain and suffering is running away from God whereas praising God in all circumstances is the only thing that will make our suffering diminish and our joy complete.

      This is the reason I am trying to stop running away from pain and poverty and clinging onto Jesus who transforms our situations into His praises alone. Thank you for being a role model in how you carry your cross with a smile and thank you for being a great encourager as always.

      In Christ,
      Vineet

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