Prayer: Almighty God, thank you for keeping us safe and helping us remember that our possessions are not as important as our lives and the lives of our loved ones, through the fury of the storm.
17 ‘Say to Joseph: I beg you, forgive the crime of your brothers and the wrong they did in harming you.’
Hurricane Irma has passed and my power has been restored life can soon return to normal. Life can be very uncomfortable in Florida in the summertime without air conditioning. Our devotion today is about brotherly forgiveness. I am reminded of the frustrations and anxiety can cause tempers to flare. As we remember the story of Joseph, Joseph had every reason to be angry with his brothers.
Joseph’s brothers were afraid that Joseph would take revenge against them. That he would pay them back for the wrong that they did to him. But god used the terrible thing that they did for a greater purpose. So, when they asked Joseph to forgive them, he did. Joseph realized that he had a purpose to fulfill.
20 Even though you intended to do harm to me, God intended it for good, in order to preserve a numerous people, as he is doing today.
Prayer: “Lord Jesus, teach us and help us to forgive those who do wrong on to us and scheme against us. Amen.”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Joseph Forgives His Brothers
15 Realizing that their father was dead, Joseph’s brothers said, “What if Joseph still bears a grudge against us and pays us back in full for all the wrong that we did to him?” 16 So they approached Joseph, saying, “Your father gave this instruction before he died, 17 ‘Say to Joseph: I beg you, forgive the crime of your brothers and the wrong they did in harming you.’ Now therefore please forgive the crime of the servants of the God of your father.” Joseph wept when they spoke to him. 18 Then his brothers also wept, fell down before him, and said, “We are here as your slaves.” 19 But Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid! Am I in the place of God? 20 Even though you intended to do harm to me, God intended it for good, in order to preserve a numerous people, as he is doing today. 21 So have no fear; I myself will provide for you and your little ones.” In this way he reassured them, speaking kindly to them.