“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.” -Genesis 45:5
Anger. Betrayal. Revenge. Depression. Hatred. Pride.
That’s the emotions I imagine I would feel if my siblings sold me into slavery in a foreign country. But, not Joseph (in fact, skip ahead and read what he told his brothers in Genesis 50:19-21!). We’ve been talking about Joseph’s humility, but in my opinion, next to Jesus dying on that cross for me, this is the holy grail of humility: loving someone who rejected, humiliated you and even wanted to kill you.
Because if you look for it, you will see the hand of God everywhere – in your life, in the sunset, and even in the darkest moments of your life. He is always near, molding and adjusting, preparing you for such a time as this.
But it is up to you how you react. You can choose to see the fingerprints of God on your life and praise Him for it. Or you can complain, cast blame, plot revenge or try to make it somehow on your own.
You can submit to Him to be shaped and molded into who He needs you to be. Or you can chart your own course with pride and selfish ambition.
The choice is yours. God isn’t changing and until there is breath in you, He is not giving up on you.