Genesis 45:8-20: Conscious Of God.
~8 “So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt.9 Now hurry back to my father and say to him, ‘This is what your son Joseph says: God has made me lord of all Egypt. Come down to me; don’t delay. 10 You shall live in the region of Goshen and be near me—you, your children and grandchildren, your flocks and herds, and all you have. 11 I will provide for you there, because five years of famine are still to come. Otherwise you and your household and all who belong to you will become destitute.’12 “You can see for yourselves, and so can my brother Benjamin, that it is really I who am speaking to you. 13 Tell my father about all the honor accorded me in Egypt and about everything you have seen. And bring my father down here quickly.”14 Then he threw his arms around his brother Benjamin and wept, and Benjamin embraced him, weeping. 15 And he kissed all his brothers and wept over them. Afterward his brothers talked with him.16 When the news reached Pharaoh’s palace that Joseph’s brothers had come, Pharaoh and all his officials were pleased. 17 Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Tell your brothers, ‘Do this: Load your animals and return to the land of Canaan, 18 and bring your father and your families back to me. I will give you the best of the land of Egypt and you can enjoy the fat of the land.’ 19 “You are also directed to tell them, ‘Do this: Take some carts from Egypt for your children and your wives, and get your father and come.20 Never mind about your belongings, because the best of all Egypt will be yours.’”NIV
‘’For it is commendable if a man bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because he is conscious of God’’ (1 Peter 2:19).
Joseph’s God-centredness is striking.
Note these words:
‘’…it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you’’ (5b);
‘’But God sent me ahead of you…’’ (7a);
‘’So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt’’ (8);
‘’God has made me lord of all Egypt’’ (9b).
There’s a difference between Sunday religion and walking with God. When you seek to do the latter, you have a different perspective. Joseph’s brothers had previously dismissed his God-given dreams. They had abused him and disrespected him, to put it mildly. He was now this great success. But he did not brag. There’s not a whiff of boastfulness in his words. He recognised that he was where he was, doing what he was doing, and that he had what he had, because of God. Is God the great reality in your life? Do you see everything (or try to) in the light of Him? What an example Joseph is.
One of the many things that God had done for Joseph was to put him in a place where he could abundantly bless his family. He was in a position to settle them in ‘’Goshen’’ (10) – the most fertile part of the whole of Egypt.
Joseph again reminds us of the Lord Jesus, who wants us near’’ Him, and, who in that relationship of intimacy will provide for all our needs (10,11; see also Romans 8:31,32).
PRAYER: Lord God, please help me to live every day of my life with a deep consciousness of your reality and presence, and then, I know, I will see all things differently.