Scripture Sunday is a weekly quote-post to highlight Bible passages I’ve read recently that I found particularly interesting. I’m not a qualified expert in any way, so I will keep my thoughts to my highly-subjective impressions. My translation is the New International Version.
From my reading this week:
When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “What if Joseph holds a grudge against us and pays us back for all the wrongs we did to him?” So they sent word to Joseph, saying, “Your father left these instructions before he died: ‘This is what you are to say to Joseph: I ask you to forgive your brothers the sins and the wrongs they committed in treating you so badly.’ Now please forgive the sins of the servants of the God of your father.” When their message came to him, Joseph wept.
His brothers then came and threw themselves down before him. “We are your slaves,” they said.
But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.
Why I chose it:
I’m always amazed when I read Joseph’s story. It’s easy to hold a grudge against someone, even if their offense was tiny, like a rude comment or something. And yet Joseph is able to forgive his brothers for throwing him into a well and then selling him into slavery. He learns that God always has a plan, and that plan saves lives and is for the good of those who trust Him. I need to be patient and remember that it’s not what humans intend that matters, but what God intends, and He always uses bad events or bad motives to produce good results eventually.