Please read Genesis 42, Genesis 43, Genesis 44, Genesis 45:1-15, and then come on back. I’ll share what I am thinking – would love to hear what you are thinking too!
Of all the wonderful things God does, restoration is one of my favorites! Can you imagine the moment, the joy of the reunion between Joseph and his brothers?
“Come closer to me,” Joseph said to his brothers. They came closer. “I am Joseph your brother whom you sold into Egypt. But don’t feel badly, don’t blame yourselves for selling me. God was behind it. God sent me here ahead of you to save lives. There has been a famine in the land now for two years; the famine will continue for five more years—neither plowing nor harvesting. God sent me on ahead to pave the way and make sure there was a remnant in the land, to save your lives in an amazing act of deliverance. So you see, it wasn’t you who sent me here but God” (Genesis 45:4-8 MSG).
It is remarkable that Joseph was able to come to a place where he praised God for working through his trials rather than blaming his brothers for causing them. God really does cause all things to work together for good (Romans 8:28)!