Genesis 50:15-18: What if’s.
“15 When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, ‘What if Joseph holds a grudge against us and pays us back for all the wrongs we did to him?’ 16 So they sent word to Joseph, saying, ‘Your father left these instructions before he died: 17 “This is what you are to say to Joseph: I ask you to forgive your brothers the sins and the wrongs they committed in treating you so badly.” Now please forgive the sins of the servants of the God of your father.’ When their message came to him, Joseph wept.18 His brothers then came and threw themselves down before him. ‘We are your slaves,’ they said.” NIV
“When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened”. ― Winston S. Churchill.
‘’What if…’’ (15).
These two words have caused me a lot of unnecessary pain. I dare say it may be the same for you? You imagine things are happening (or might happen) that aren’t happening, and never will. (But even if they do, you are in God’s Hands, as Joseph was, and He will bring good out of bad). These vain imaginings, though, can take on the appearance of reality, and cast a huge, dark, depressive shadow over your life.
Instead of living life by ‘what if’s’ we should live by what is:
- By what the Bible says is true;
- By what is obviously true, and in front of our eyes;
- By what faith tells us is truth, and not by the dictates of fear.
It’s no wonder ‘’Joseph wept’’ (17). They didn’t have to make up a story about their father (I assume that’s what they were doing). Joseph had already forgiven them. They didn’t have to grovel before him. They were thinking things about him which just weren’t true.
When you live by what if instead of what is you become a slave to the lies you are telling yourself
PRAYER: Lord, please help me to have a mind kept in perfect peace because it is stayed on you.