I hear Joseph coming.
He strolls around Egypt in his golden chariot. People know who he is by now. He is no longer the betrayed brother; but the 2nd most powerful man in town; or the world.
His suffering is off in the distance and only a reminder of where he was. He was the last person on earth his backstabbing turncoats believed would ever amount to anything.
But….Joseph trusted his God.
And God believed in his Joseph.
The fires of hell are smaller than we make them out to be. The enemy must have our consent to perform his sinister deeds. Joseph knew this. Joseph endured it. Joseph became what the devil could not stop. Joseph took authority over wickedness and won.
“What evil meant for harm, God turned for good.” Genesis 50: 20
And not just for Joseph but his string of Benedict Arnolds.
He was the favored son of Jacob, yet a pawn of sibling rivalry that ultimately backfired.
Joseph’s ability to forgive his brothers was a prized characteristic. It was a key element of God’s plan for it to be fulfilled.
He knew God had a much larger picture to be painted than one just with him in it even if he had no idea what the frame would include. As it turns out, Joseph was a survival kit in the making for the lineage of Jesus.
How often do we contemplate what God is going to do?
We dig deep in our closets for a frame to paint our plans. Opinions and brainstorming ideas are tinted with each stroke of the brush as if God is waiting to see what we have come up with.
Most likely he will never allow it to be placed in his gallery of artistry.
His ways are not our ways. Isaiah 55: 9
Joseph understood God’s future for him was limitless. However the notion he would reign as the only man directly under Pharaoh probably wasn’t on his radar. And I am sure his zealous brothers never “dreamed” the dream Joseph told them would ever come true.
The sordid clan he grew up with never saw it coming.
Shock couldn’t describe the look on their faces when they realized Joseph not only had risen to heights unseen, but he forgave them.
Why did he forgive them?
Because Joseph trusted his God to complete the painting.
And his God understood Joseph knew the painting would one day line Heaven’s gallery with the words written above it,
“It is finished.”
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