Trust the Process
Day: 42 | Plan: Genesis
Today's Reading: Genesis 42
Genesis 42:6-7a (NIV) "Now Joseph was the governor of the land, the person who sold the grain to all its people. So when Joseph’s brothers arrived, they bowed down to him with their faces to the ground. As soon as Joseph saw his brothers, he recognized them, but he pretended to be a stranger and spoke harshly to them. ‘Where do you come from?’ he asked.”
This is a story of impossibility. Joseph’s brothers had wanted to kill him and had succeeded in getting him sold into slavery. Twenty years later and now at his professional zenith, he stands as the second most powerful man in Egypt holding the fate of his brothers in his hands.
It appears that Joseph intends to use this opportunity to kind of stick it to his brothers. He seemingly hatches a plan to punish them for their trickery and deceit. If this was his intention we would wonder, “how could God ever fix this family friction?” Surely their relationships were beyond repair.
Remember no matter how bad things seem, our God is a fixer, a repairer, a doer of the impossible. Joseph is a man who had faithfully trusted the Lord at each unimaginable turn of his life. If being sold into slavery didn’t make him bitter, if being wrongly imprisoned didn’t sour his faith, then seeing his brothers didn’t awaken some unmet need for revenge.
Joseph’s plan isn’t revenge; it’s reconciliation. He uses creative means to discern the nature of his brother’s hearts. Had they softened? Were they sorry? Had God begun to heal the years of hurt? Joseph trusted His God of impossibility. Over and over he had seen God do the unimaginable and improbable. And at each area of impossibility God proved Himself more than able—no matter the need.
When we are dealing with difficult relationships or impossible circumstances we must trust our God and trust the mustard seed of faith we hold that God still resurrects even the most desperate situations. His process may be long and painful, but His plans are perfect.
Prayer: Oh Father, help me trust You in my moments of impossibility. I want to trust Your heart and character and not be discouraged by the hurts of my past. Would You protect my heart from bitterness and thoughts of revenge, defeat or desperation? Replace them with hope of healing, restoration or victory. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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