Then his brothers came and bowed low before him. “We are your slaves,” they said. But Joseph told them, “Don’t be afraid of me. Am I God, to judge and punish you? As far as I am concerned, God turned into good what you meant for evil. He brought me to the high position I have today so I could save the lives of many people.
I don’t know about you, but I just don’t have the patience for puzzles. Especially those large 500 or 1000 piece puzzles. My wife, on the other hand, loves them. She loves to challenge herself with the types of puzzles that have repeating patterns or lots of different images within them. Whenever I think of her taking on one of these challenges, it reminds me of the story of Joseph and his relationship with our Heavenly Father.
Joseph’s life can seen as a confusing puzzle, filled with lots of dark and light images; favored by his father Jacob, sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, granted top servant status in Potipher’s house, thrown in jail accused of attempted rape, released from jail and eventually elevated to second in command of all Egypt. I could understand how Joseph would question why God had designed his “puzzle” with these pieces. But Joseph just continued to trust that the One who created the “puzzle” knew that the final picture was going to be beautiful.
Like Joseph, we too need to understand that we have some of the pieces of our “puzzle” but we ultimately do not know what the final picture will be. But who better to trust that final picture to than that of the “Puzzle Creator” himself. God knows our story because he created our story and it is a good story! Romans 8:28 promises, “…God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”
In the end, Joseph came to some understanding of what God had been doing throughout his entire life. In Genesis 50, Joseph finds himself reassuring his brothers. He did not hold a grudge against them. Joseph tells them, “Do not 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.”
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