This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Rich Cathers.
Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God? (Genesis 50:19)
Joseph had a long history of trouble with his brothers. He had been Daddy’s-little-favorite since the day he was born, and his older brothers had grown sick of the special treatment Joseph continually received. When the solution to their pest problem presented itself, Joseph ended up as a slave in Egypt.
Joseph’s first thirteen years in Egypt weren’t exactly a vacation in paradise. He went from being a slave, to being imprisoned for something he didn’t do. Through all his suffering, there was one constant. God was with Joseph. Joseph had a living, breathing, connection with God. Joseph knew God, and God knew Joseph.
As you know, Joseph’s story doesn’t end in prison. Joseph would become exalted as Pharaoh’s right-hand man. So, what did Joseph do about that ugly past with his brothers? Today there are many people living blessed lives that still carry the resentment of past hurts. When Joseph had the opportunity to take revenge, he didn’t. In their own dysfunctional way, his brothers showed that they had changed. They even managed a twisted attempt at asking for forgiveness. It seems to me that Joseph had long left the past in God’s hands. He chose to forgive.