Bible Reading| Joseph returned good for evil

Genesis 50: 15

15: And when Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, What if Joseph bears a grudge against us and pays us back in full for all the evil which we did to him?

Genesis 50:19-21

19: And Joseph said to them, Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God?

20: Even though you intended evil against me, God intended it for good, to do as it is this day, to preserve alive a numerous people.

21: Now therefore do not be afraid; I will sustain you and your little ones.  And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.

 

I was deeply touched by Joseph’s words and deeds.  Due to jealousy, when Joseph was young, his brothers intended to kill him but later sold him to Ishmaelites, and Joseph was then brought down to Egypt.  The good news was Jehovah was with Joseph.  Joseph became a prosperous man.  He saved lives of people and his family from starvation during the famine.

The most commendable part of Joseph was that he didn’t return evil for evil.  He knew too well that Jehovah was with him, and all the credits went to God.  In the short term, Joseph might feel sorrow for himself when he was sold to Egypt with an unknown destination.  In the long run, however, in retrospect, Joseph realized that it was God’s will to let things be happened in that way, with the purpose to preserve alive a numerous people from famine.  Joseph was wise to have such vision.  Joseph’s wisdom came from God too.  Praise the Lord!

God has His economy.  I shall believe that whatever happened/ are happening/will happen are all according to Lord’s will.  I shall learn to trust in God and view things from the long run.  I used to bear a lot of grudges against people who did bad things to me and complain the unfairness of fate.  Oh, may Lord open my eyes and my heart; may Lord give me wisdom; hold no more grudges against others;  let me live within in Jesus Christ and realize God’s economy!

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