Scripture for today: Read Gen. 50:15-21
When we suffer from the misdeeds of others, we must choose forgiveness over revenge. The example of Joseph from the Old Testament illustrates how this can be done. Sold into slavery by his brothers, falsely accused of attempted rape by his boss’s wife, and forgotten in the dungeon by an ungrateful butler, Joseph had ample opportunity to choose unforgiveness.
However, he viewed his life from a higher perspective. God was in control and a greater plan was at work. When he had the opportunity to make his brothers pay for the years he spent in slavery and imprisonment, he chose forgiveness and reconciliation.
Upon the death of their father Jacob, Joseph’s brothers braced for retribution. However, Joseph spoke these words of reassurance. “Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God? But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. Now therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones” (Gen. 50:19–21).
Everything that Joseph endured was for a greater purpose. He knew his brothers meant evil against him, but he also knew that God’s plan was greater than man’s misdeeds. Joseph’s years in slavery and imprisonment translated into lives being saved from starvation. God does indeed work all things together for good!
Can you trust God to work out His plan in spite of the misdeeds you have suffered in life? Is there someone that you need to forgive? Are you able to bless those who have mistreated
This devotion is based on Marty McLain’s book “The crown has fallen: A study of the kings of Judah.”