And God sent me before you to preserve a posterity for you in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. Genesis 45:7 NKJV
The king of Egypt appointed Joseph to prepare for the famine. Word spread to Canaan that there is food in Egypt. Jacob sent his sons to Egypt to buy food for his family. Joseph’s brothers were brought before him.
Joseph tricked his older brothers into bringing his younger brother to Egypt. Joseph is overcome with emotion when he sees Benjamin. He cannot continue with the charade.
Joseph found himself in a position to take revenge on his brothers. It is not revenge that in Joseph’s heart. It is healing and restoration. His heart was full of grace and forgiveness!
Joseph brought his father’s entire family to live with him in Egypt. When Joseph’s father died his brothers become fearful he would take revenge on them.
Joseph said to his brothers, “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 to this day, to save many people alive. Now therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones.” Joseph comforted them. He spoke kindly to them.
Today when I read this story I cried. The Lord touched my heart in a special way. Joseph’s reconciliation with his father and brothers represents God’s heart. It pleases the Lord to bring healing and restoration into our lives.
Joseph receiving his brothers with joy and his willingness to forgive them is an example of the heart God wants to form in us!
God was able to transform Joseph from a spoiled boy into a mighty servant to meet the needs of the multitude. God used Joseph to keep His people from starving during a time of famine in the entire world. The Lord used Joseph to make His people into a great nation.
I do not know what great and mighty things God wants to do in your life today. I do know Jesus is able to use you despite your weaknesses, failures and mistakes. Jesus can transform you into a minister of reconciliation.
Jesus can replace our hearts of stone with hearts full of grace and forgiveness!
Let Jesus bring healing and restoration into your life today! Let Jesus use you to meet the needs of the multitude!
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