Just finished reading chapters 42-47 of Genesis and it was about Joseph being reunited with his brothers and father.
After such a gruesome act of betrayal and undeserved suffering, in the end, Joseph says in chapter 45 verses 4-8:
4 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! 5 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. 6 For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will be no plowing and reaping. 7 But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.8 “So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt.
Joseph’s pain was no longer there. It appears like he was even thankful to God that he was sold into slavery bec. without going through that horrendous experience, he and his family would not have survived the famine. Joseph understood. Everything finally made sense, though at the beginning it didn’t. I don’t know exactly how long Joseph was in such predicament before finally experiencing relief and freedom. All I know is that he was in prison for 2 years before he was given the opportunity to interpret Pharaoh’s dream. Nevertheless, Joseph still trusted in God. That was why God blessed all that he did, even inside prison. Then from prison, God promoted him to a position of power!
We might not understand why we are going through sad situations in life. Why God would even allow these things to happen to us. I mean, yeah, we trust God and even though it’s so hard we continue to trust Him, but when is all this ever going to stop?-you might ask. I’ll tell you, just continue trusting. He is a God of happy endings. As it says in Romans 8:28:
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, whohave been called according to his purpose.
Being a bereaved mother who lost her son a year ago and still experiencing ripple effects from it, I could relate to Joseph in so many levels but I’ve got to continue trusting and putting my faith in God whose ways and thoughts are far above mine. As it is written in Isaiah 55:8-9:
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
I know that at the end, just like Joseph, I’ll be thanking God because finally I would understand that it was all for me and my family’s good. Finally, it will all make sense. Thank you Lord.
Now comparing my life to Job.. that’s another blog entry :)