Sunday, May 27, 2012

May 27: Genesis 43

Today's reading in our daily plan is Genesis 43. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)

  • This chapter starts out with Joseph’s family back in the same place but much worse; without food and not knowing if they’ll be killed when they go buy more.
  • After much discussion, Joseph’s brothers come back and bring their youngest brother with them as well. Joseph is moved by seeing them and throws a feast. But did you notice how his brothers thought he was going to make them slaves and steal their donkeys? I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t be too worried about donkeys if I was in their position.
  • While they were worried about Joseph hurting them somehow, we see that Joseph was barely able to control his emotions. The pressure of missing his family caught up with him and he had to run out and find a place to lose it for a second. Yet Joseph still didn’t reveal his identity to his brothers.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • This is a rather elaborate course of events Joseph is going through. Interestingly, his brother’s actions remind us of the dreams Joseph had that made his brothers so furious with him in the first place. So apparently this was in God’s plan all along. Often we get frustrated and think God has abandoned us when we go through tough times, but we should remember that he’s always involved even when we can’t see him. 

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • 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.