“Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life.” – Genesis 45.5
In our passage we find Joseph has become the second in command of Egypt. During this time in Palestine there was a seven year famine causing everyone in the land to turn to Egypt for sustenance, including Jacob. In our text Joseph reveals himself to his brothers and exemplifies a tremendous spirit of forgiveness toward them. This verse shows us how we can demonstrate that same forgiveness towards people who have wronged us as well. Read the verse again and notice how Joseph answers his brothers. Joseph’s brothers were understandably concerned that Joseph would repay them for their betrayal, but Joseph chose to look past the betrayal of his brothers and see the hand of Almighty God working toward the good of everyone. Joseph told them, “ye sold me” that is what the natural man sees in the situation; but what the spiritual man sees, is that “God did send me.” Look beyond circumstances with eyes of faith and see the hand of God orchestrating situations, not only for the good of His people but for His ultimate glory.