Chapter of the Day: Read Genesis 44.
Meditate on Genesis 44:32 “Your servant guaranteed the boy’s safety to my father. I said ‘If I do not bring him back to you, I will bear the blame before you, my father, all my life.'”
Have you ever been eaten up with guilt? You finally realize the mess you’ve made and your circumstances seem to push you to the brink of bearing it all just to lighten the load. This is where we find the brothers in this chapter.
Joseph tested the hearts of his brothers again by sneaking a silver cup into young Benjamin’s sack and falsely accusing him of stealing it. Their greatest fear has become a reality. By this point, the men already endured years of their father’s torment because of what they did to Joseph. The thought of bringing more disappointment on him is too much to bear.
Judah decided bravely to come clean before Joseph. He exclaimed that he cannot possibly see his father die of misery if something were to happen to Benjamin. Judah begged Joseph to let him take the place of Benjamin as his slave forever.
This is the same Judah that just a few chapters back suggested that they sell Joseph for silver and their own selfish gain. That is the power of God when we allow Him to work in our lives. Judah’s sacrifice is noble, but it is nothing compared to Jesus’ intercession for us. Imagine it with me, won’t you? God is grieved with sorrow at the thought of never seeing his children again, but there sits Jesus at His right hand. He says, “Let me take their place.” That is true love. An encounter with love like that is what enables Judah and these brothers, and us to realize our shortcomings, come clean, and let God handle the sacrifice necessary for our restoration.
Sometimes we need to see glimpses of what going our own way will bring upon us to help us to desire the salvation and will of God at work in our lives. But when you see it and you feel the weight of it, do not fret God has already provided the perfect sacrifice to give you right-standing with Him.
Prayer: God I am humbled today at the possible conversations that Jesus has had with you on my behalf. Going to the cross to ensure that I could be returned home safely to you, where I belong. Thank you that you have given me that gift and that I don’t have to lug around the weight of my sin that separated me from you because it is already forgiven. God forgive me when I try to pick up that guilt and carry it on my own. You don’t need me to get on the cross to pay for what I’ve done, you already did it. God help me lovingly share that truth in the way I live and act and treat others. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Has the weight of a past sin been burdening you like Judah?
How does his response mimic that situation in your life and maybe the way you’ve taken it to God?
How can we move forward after confessing our sins by what Jesus did on the cross?
Memorize: 1 John 1:9 “But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us of all wickedness.”