...Joseph said to his brothers, “Please come closer to me.” And they approached him. And he said, “I am Joseph your brother, whom you sold into Egypt. Now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me ahead of you to save life and preserve our family. For the famine has been in the land these two years, and there are still five more years in which there will be no plowing and harvesting. God sent me [to Egypt] ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on the earth, and to keep you alive by a great escape. So now it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh and lord of all his household and ruler over all the land of Egypt. Hurry and go up to my father, and tell him, ‘Your son Joseph says this to you: “God has made me lord of all Egypt; come down to me, do not delay. Genesis 45:4-9 (AMP)
Today’s devotion is about perspective, instead of looking at ourselves, we are to look unto Jesus Christ the author and finisher of our faith. Beholding Christ Jesus results in transformation into His image.
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2Corinthians 3:18 (NKJV)
Joseph understood that you become what you behold and He beheld the image of the Lord, no wonder he was transformed and he was able to forgive his brothers that cost him so much pain. He wanted them close to him no to harm them but to love them. He exhibited the character of God because the image of God was forged in his heart. God transformed him from one level of glory to another, Joseph was refined and his character was glorious. No wonder he reasoned from an uncommon perspective, a God’s perspective.
Instead of seeking revenge, or accusing his brothers, he attributed his life’s painful ordeal to God’s purpose. He said that God sent his ahead to save and preserve his family. When you focus on the Lord, He begin to draw you into His heart and you get the privilege of see through His eyes. Seeing through the Lord’s eyes, makes one understand hidden things. It breaks off the victim mentally and a victor’s mind set is borne. This is quite different from narrating one’s story from a victim’s perspective.
Joseph’s mind set was one of a victor’s. Not only did he invite his brother to come close and forgave them, he also sent them urgently back to their father to tell him the good news and invite him to come to Egypt. I can only imagine, that a victim cannot rise up go this level. When I take an ariel view of Joseph’s life, I begin to understand God’s plan and what He was doing all along in the life of Joseph.
When Joseph was at home with his father as a seventeen year old surrounded by older brothers, he did not have much responsibility to handle. He was his father’s favourite child and he sometime help shepherd the flock and run errands. However through his dream, we see that God gave him a snapshot of his future which would have never been achieved if he continued to live in his father’s house.
Joseph was a good steward, he discovered this as a slave when he was promoted to manage Potiphar’s house, later while in prison he was promoted to manage all the prisoners and run the prison, God then promoted him to manage the entire country of Egypt under Pharaoh. If Joseph never left home the way he did, he would have never discovered nor developed his management skill instead he would be destined to be a shepherd like his brothers.
Joseph also had the skill of interpreting dreams, however this would never have been realised if he never left home.
Remember Joseph never interpreted any of his dreams while at home, he just narrated them and his enemies or brothers interpreted the dreams. Meanwhile in prison he interpreted others dreams of the king’s butler and the baker. God used the betrayal he faced to bring out hidden gifts and treasure that was hidden in Joseph and He helped him grow in them and use it to serve others. Indeed we know that all things are working together for our good.
• And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28
• Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths Proverbs 8:28