by Rev Joel Yong
When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “It may be that Joseph will hate us and pay us back for all the evil that we did to him.” So they sent a message to Joseph, saying, “Your father gave this command before he died: ‘Say to Joseph, “Please forgive the transgression of your brothers and their sin, because they did evil to you.”’ And now, please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father.” Joseph wept when they spoke to him. His brothers also came and fell down before him and said, “Behold, we are your servants.”
Their deeds haunted them all the way to the end.
Even though Joseph had already forgiven them, their consciences did not let them forget.
They lived under the shadow of doubt, fearing Joseph who was now powerful, held back from vengeance for his father Jacob’s sake.
Sin is not without its price.
Often the pleasure or thrill we get from sin, lasts but a brief moment.
Yet the consequences last a lifetime.
The only relief that is possible, will come from God.
Joseph was also able to forgive his brothers, because he looked to God.
He was thus able to see the bigger picture.
That God’s plans for us, cannot be foiled by mankind’s schemes.
But Joseph said to them, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. So do not fear; I will provide for you and your little ones.” Thus he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.
Men may plot your doom but the Almighty God’s plans are not disturbed by such vain attempts.