“But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.” – Genesis 50:19-21
After the death of Jacob, Joseph’s brothers were afraid that Joseph would take revenge for all the wrong things they did to him.
After all he had suffered at the hands of his scheming brothers, Joseph might have felt bitter, and justified in using his power and authority to get his own back on them. But he didn’t.
Joseph made it clear that:
He was in no position to judge his brothers – only God was (v 19).
He recognised God’s purposes in all that had happened to him (v 20).
He loved his brothers and would care for them, overcoming wrong with right (v 21).
Throughout his life with many difficulties and temptations, Joseph stayed faithful to God and trusted in his goodness, promises and sovereign purpose. The good that came about was the saving of many lives from the famine.
We can trust God with all the details of our lives and that He is working for good (Romans 8:28).
When we look at Joseph we can see a foretaste of what Jesus came to do. Joseph experienced terrible evil at the hands of his brothers, but it is nothing compared to the evil the Lord Jesus experienced. He, the sinless one suffered and died at the hands of sinful men. The death and resurrection of Christ was God’s plan to bring about salvation, forgiveness, freedom and hope for each one of us.