“And all the countries came to Egypt to buy grain from Joseph, because the famine was severe in all the world.”

Matthew Henry makes the excellent point that while Joseph was doing all this, his father thought he was dead and was grieving accordingly (see 42:36,38). He writes these words:

‘What a large portion of our troubles would be done away if we knew the whole truth!’

That is worth thinking through. We can cause ourselves great unhappiness because we believe certain things to be true when they are untrue (or only partially true).

I was also thinking that we Christians are capable of acting like Jesus is dead when He really is alive.

PRAYER: Lord, please lead us out of darkness into the full brilliant glare of your shining truth.