Yesterday, I was listening to a podcast from Chuck Swindoll about the life of Joseph. There are many amazing pieces to his story and I am sure that each one of us has a particular component of Joseph’s life that touches us. A man that was sold into slavery, falsely imprisoned rises to second in command to save not only his country, but more importantly, his family.
His story culminates with what we read in Genesis 45:4-5 “ 4 And Joseph said to his brothers, “Please come near to me.” So they came near. Then he said: “I am Joseph your brother, whom you sold into Egypt. 5 But now, do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life.”
What is most amazing about Joseph’s life — the fact that he forgave his “enemies” or the fact that Joseph didn’t think that he had any enemies to begin with? I truly believe that Joseph didn’t see those that sought to harm him as his enemies, but rather part of God’s plan for his life. As he said, “5 But now, do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life.”
There will always be those people that seek to “harm” us (both Christian and non-Christian). I believe that it is our challenge not just to forgive, but to see them in a different light. Not as enemies, but as those we need to pray for and trust that God has a plan even during those times.
I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!