KEY SCRIPTURE: Genesis 45:7 KJV ” And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance”.
The story of Joseph reveals another man who would not allow the wrong actions of people to dictate his response to them. His brothers sold him into slavery, something that amounted to ‘killing’ him. Joseph overcame the maltreatment and showed love and acceptance to his brethren, without any sense of pain or hurt of any kind. He was in a great position to pay them back very well, yet it did not even cross his mind to do so.
What made Joseph overcome such a painful treatment with such ease? Joseph did not see himself as so important, but rather God who is the center of all activities and he is the most important person in all life issues. His will is what matters most. Many of us place too much importance on ourselves. This makes it very difficult to accept the will of God in certain issues. Can you forgive your spouse when he or she is unfaithful? Can you stand a close friend’s betrayal? What about the father who failed to be responsible to take care of you but is in a condition that, he needs your assistance?
These are issues that needs something beyond yourself. You have to stop making yourself so important. God is the most important being, and He is the center of every activity. You only have a meaningful life if you commit yourself to pleasing Him above your interests. Joseph looked beyond his little mistreatment to see God’s bigger plan of saving many lives. Your father who did not take care of you, now needs your assistance, what would you do? Will you go ahead with the divorce, although your partner is pleading for leniency? What is it that makes you so bitter? What is God saying about the condition? Would you not allow yourself to be liberated to experience the peace of God?
Thank you, heavenly father for the awareness of your superiority in all matters. I allow your will to prevail over my will in every issue of life. No situation would I ever lose myself to misbehave against your word. I am always in control of my response to people ‘s action.
Genesis 45:8 KJV” So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God: and he hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt”.
Ephesians 4:31 & 32KJV Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.