Chapter of the Day: Read Genesis 42.
Meditate on Genesis 42:28 “My silver has been returned, ” he said to his brothers. “Here it is in my sack.” Their hearts sank and they turned to each other trembling and said, “What is this that God has done to us?”
The famine is in full-blown effect when Jacob sent all of his boys sans his beloved Benjamin to Egypt to get food for the family. We see Joseph’s initial dream come to fruition although it is nothing like he imagined his brothers bowing down to him would look.
Joseph accuses them of being spies, deals harshly with them, and finally imprisoned Reuben sending the others to fetch Benjamin. As the brothers are traveling with the grain back to their father they stumble upon the silver that had been returned to their sack. Fear settled in as they recap this worst-case scenario and the guilt of what they did to Joseph looms over them. Surely God was punishing them for their sin against their brother?
They report the events of their journey back to their father, who proclaimed he surely will die a sorrowful man if he has to endure losing another son.
Our guilt, fear, and shame are often loud in our minds. The enemy uses it to build a case against us. When these brothers looked at God’s provision they heard accused, guilty & beyond forgiveness. They just knew they were being punished for what they had done. However, as they will soon come to find out God was going to use their brother Joseph to point to His son Jesus. When God looks at us in our sin He sees Jesus. He says you are innocent and covered in the blood of forgiveness. We no longer have to look at our circumstances suspecting that they are a punishment. He is a God who uses ALL things, even bad things like famine and a family scandal, to bring to light our greatest need for forgiveness and point us to the one who forgave it all.
Prayer: God thank you that you knew I was going to blow it big time. You also knew that my sin was going to haunt me and when life got hard I was going to crave forgiveness. Thank you, Jesus, that what you did on the cross covered my sin. There is no more guilt or shame and I can freely enjoy your provision without suspicion. God, you are a good, forgiving father who desires me to be restored and for families to be restored. I’m blown away by your goodness today. Help me live in the freedom of forgiveness and relish your goodness onto those around me. Thank you, Lord. In Jesus’ name, amen.
How do these brothers’ guilt about what they did to Joseph all those years ago haunt them during this chapter?
How can guilt be twisted in our minds to make us believe that God is using the trials or hard times in our life to punish us?
Joseph dreamed of this moment before his brother’s ever thought about selling him into slavery, how does this show that God was making a path of forgiveness long before this family even knew they would need it?
Has there ever been a time in your life where you realized you were not actually being punished, but that God was revealing an area of your life where you needed forgiveness?
Memorize 2 Corinthians 7:10 “For godly grief produces repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.”