SCRIPTURE – “But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and save your life’s by a great deliverance (Genesis 45:11).
- In that moment when Joseph could no longer contain himself he stepped out from behind his worldly façade and revealed his true identity. He then takes aim at the issue of guilt. “Do not be distressed and be angry with yourselves for sellig me . . . . “ This is by no means cheap grace, but a spiritual accounting authorized by the, Holy Spirit, the Third person of the Holy Trinity.
UNDERSTANDING – As Christians the supernatural realm holds as much weight as the natural realm. And, while it is much easier to relate on the natural plane our new life in Christ becomes more and more “real” to us as we grow in the faith. The ministry of the Holy Spirit is summarized in John 16:8, “When He comes, he will convict the world of its sin and of God’s righteousness and of the coming judgement. While it was obvious in the natural realm, how horrific the sin of his brothers i.e.: child endangerment, failure to protect the younger son, physical and mental abuse, to name a few.
LIFE APPLICATION – My guess is Joseph was reminded of is circumstances each and every day. Further, it was at the hands of his own flesh and bones. God’s healing for these shepherds and their families:
Was not saying it did not happen.
Was not saying it did not hurt.
Was not pretending that time heals all things.
God’s healing was based solely on Himself. I am the God who heals you.
Heavenly Father how majestic is your name. There are so many reasons for celebration today. You have overcome this world and that is reason to enough direct constant prayer and praise to you Lord. Thank you for the life of Joseph, not merely for his rags to riches mentality but for the grace extended as we walk and minister in faith.