Then Joseph said to his brothers, “come close to me. “When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will not be plowing and reaping. But God sent me ahead of you to persevere for you a remnant of on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.”
Most of us resist remembering and feeling the pain and hurt of our past. It can feel like an abyss that may swallow us up. You can wonder if you are only getting worse. Yet Joseph wept repeatedly when he reunited with his family. In fact scripture relates that he wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard him. (Genesis 45:2)
Joseph did not minimize or rationalize the painful years of his life. He could have destroyed his brothers in anger. Instead out of the honest grieving of his pain, he genuinely forgave the brothers who had betrayed him, and was able to bless them. Joseph was able to discern that God had sent him to Egypt to save his brothers lives by a great deliverance. The question is, “How did he do it”? Joseph clearly developed a secret history over a long period of time in his relationship with God. His whole life was constructed around following the Lord God of Israel. Then, when the moment came for him to make a critical decision, he was ready. He took leadership of his family and continue to the end of his days providing for them financially, emotionally, and spiritually.
What pain in your life are you waiting to be acknowledged and grieved?
Lord lead me through the process of grieving and healing that I might offer genuine kindness and forgiveness to those who have not been kind to me. Help me like Joseph to join with you to become a blessing to many other people. In Jesus name
Devotion by Peter Scazzero; Emotionally Healthy Spirituality