Maddened by jealousy, Joseph’s half-brothers sold him into slavery. He was tempted to give in to despair. (Who wouldn’t be?) But he chose instead to trust in the God he knew would never abandon him.
Ah, divine irony. Two decades later his brothers came to Egypt in the midst of famine to throw themselves at the mercy of the great Vizier–only to learn he was the brother they had betrayed! Emotionally shattered and fearing for their lives, they begged him for forgiveness. And Joseph replied:
“Do not be afraid. Am I in the place of God? Even though you intended to harm me, God intended it for good… Have no fear; I myself will provide for you.” ~Genesis 50:19-21
Joseph looked past the duplicity of humans, and placed his trust in God alone. Can we? Can we forgive those who misunderstand us and attempt to harm us, “being fully persuaded that God is able to do what he has promised”? (Romans 4:21) Can we trust that no matter what others intend, God intends it for good?
“Do not be afraid. He will never abandon you or forsake you.” ~Deuteronomy 31:8