SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
- Instead of returning immediately to Egypt with Benjamin, Joseph's family waits until they are out of food once again.
- Joseph is moved by seeing all of his brothers together and he throws a feast.
- While the brothers were worried about Joseph hurting them, Joseph can barely control his emotions. When reunited with Benjamin, Joseph runs out of the room to compose himself. He seats the brothers in order of their ages. And he gives Benjamin five times as much food as any of the other brothers.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
- Rarely does it make sense to delay the inevitable. As much as Jacob/Israel didn't want to let go of Benjamin, it was inevitable if they didn't want to starve to death and if they ever wanted to see Simeon again. It's easy to procrastinate when driven by fear, but rarely is that the wise choice.
- The brothers' actions remind us of the dreams Joseph had early in life. These dreams made the brothers furious with him. But apparently this was in God's plan all along. It's easy to get frustrated and think God has abandoned us when we go through tough times, but we need to remember that he's always involved even when we can't see him.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
- Where in your life are you procrastinating? Having a tough conversation with someone. Making a career change. Getting that degree. Saying "yes" to a relationship with God. Take action. Don't delay. Waiting is not likely to make it any easier or better.
- What are you going through right now? Does it feel like God is a million miles away? It's been my experience that later in life we see that God is sometimes never more at work than when we thought he was strangely distant. Trust God.