faith, Genesis Series

Genesis 45 Pain with a Purpose

Chapter of the Day: Read Genesis 45.

Meditate on Genesis 45:1  “Then Joseph could no longer control himself before all his attendants, and he cried out, ‘Have everyone leave my presence!’ So there was no one with Joseph when he made himself known to his brothers.”

Can we admire Joseph’s maturity for a second? The betrayal, the suffering, then to be faced by your tormentors and they dare NEED something from you. Can we all just admit that this would be so hard to do with such grace?

Joseph doesn’t respond how I imagine many of us may have responded. We feel his emotions spelled out when it says he can no longer control himself and he reveals who he is to his brothers. It is penned that Joesph wept so loudly that Pharoah’s entire household heard him. (Genesis 45:2)

He quickly goes on to comfort his brothers and assured them that nothing they did is worth stressing over because God had sent him to provide a great deliverance for His people. Then Pharoah and Joseph lavishly prepare them to go and bring Jacob to refuge in the finest portion of Egypt.

We marvel at Joseph’s response and we wonder how he held his composure when his emotions surely threatened to overtake him. However, there is a major motivator behind Joseph’s revelation of himself to his brothers and it’s not revenge. God had a plan all along to use Joseph to save his brothers as a lasting remnant to bring forth deliverance for God’s people.

God has a plan for our pain too and His agenda is the same. God uses our pain for a great purpose to point people not to destruction but to their salvation. He, too, is bursting at the seams to reveal Himself to us. Take heart that your struggles are valuable tools for God’s great use to point others to Him, no matter how they threaten to consume your emotional ability. Just like we see great strength in Joseph’s restraint and response God will be our strength as well.

Prayer: God thank you that you use the hardship in my life for a divine purpose. God thank you that you give me the strength I need to press on with your plan because it is for my good and the good of others. Lord forgive me when my emotions surely overtake my ability to stay composed and remember your plan and not my current circumstance. God be the strength I need when I am weak. Lord give me the love you have for your people and to think of them as you do so that I can persevere in a life that looks like yours. In Jesus’ name, amen.


Why do you think this moment was so emotionally overwhelming for Joseph?

Has there been a time in your life where someone you really loved hurt you and it felt very difficult to forgive them?

How does God using Joseph’s pain for a great purpose encourage us to move forward with forgiveness even when the other person may not necessarily be sorry?

Memorize 2 Corinthians 1:6 “Even when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your comfort and salvation! For when we ourselves are comforted, we will certainly comfort you. Then you can patiently endure the same things we suffer.”


1 thought on “Genesis 45 Pain with a Purpose”

  1. This is a good time to be discussing suffering and redemption. Joseph’s is a great example. The pastor preached about both today, suffering and redemption. My thanks to you both.


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