Genesis 45:1-3 Then Joseph could not control himself before all those who stood by him, and he cried, “Have everyone go out from me.” So there was no man with him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers. He wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard it, and the household of Pharaoh heard of it. Then Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is my father still alive?” But his brothers could not answer him, for they were dismayed at his presence.
Anger Management and Reconciliation
Joseph had suffered the agony of being sold into slavery and being alone in an alien country for over two decades because of his brothers’ actions. His ability to see beyond his personal pain, and appreciate the Divine strategy which brought him to Pharaoh’s palace, is a testament to Joseph’s self-control and maturity of wisdom.
Through the course of life, every person experiences the pain of being treated unjustly by others. Although sentiments of anger and vengeance are counter-productive, and often destructive; they are natural reactions to such occurrences. And, unlike Joseph, we often don’t get to see the positive results of the mistreatment. While people spend much time, energy, and money on various therapies, in many instances a simple belief in God and Divine Providence is the antidote to this problem.
God is good. Period. And He controls everything which happens to us throughout our lives. Many people mistakenly believe that only natural catastrophes, such as non-contagious illnesses or freak accidents, are controlled by God, whereas wicked acts initiated by other people – people with free choice – are not Heavenly ordained, and are simply bad. The story of Joseph demonstrates the fallacy of this idea. Yes, what the brothers did was wrong, but what happened to Joseph was all part of the Divine Master plan.
Strength of character is achieved through hardship and suffering. Only through difficulty does a person acquire sensitivity and empathy for others, and the person who is hurt by another, and chooses to forgive rather than avenge, becomes a kinder and greater person. Indeed, the suffering itself, and the ability to rise above it all, is in itself a Divine gift. ~ Naftali Silberberg
Intercession and Adoration…
The better we know God, the more wonderful our insight into the power of intercession becomes. We begin to understand that it is the greatest means by which man can take part in carrying out God’s purpose. God has entrusted the whole of His redemption in Christ to His people to make known and to communicate to men. In all this, intercession is the chief and essential element. Through it, His servants receive the power of the Spirit as their power for service.
The clearer the insight into this great purpose of God, the more we will sense the need to enter into God’s presence in the spirit of humble worship and holy adoration. The more we take time to abide in God’s presence – to enter fully into His mind and will, to get our whole soul possessed by the thought of His glorious purpose – the stronger our faith will become that God Himself will work out all the good pleasure of His will through our prayers.
Thus, the secret of true adoration can only be known by the soul that gives time to tarry in God’s presence and that yields itself to God for Him to reveal Himself. Adoration will indeed fit us for the great work of making God’s glory known. ~ The Best of Andrew Murray on Prayer
Father, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, thank you for allowing us to see Joseph reconciled with his brothers and his father! Thank you for your Spirit returning to Jacob! Thank you for Joseph’s divine lesson in anger management. May we each take these lessons to heart and apply them to our own lives. May we forgive those who do us wrong and release them from the guilt of the wrong they have done as Joseph did. May we bless them with life, as You have blessed us with life. May we intercede on their behalf and receive your spirit, and may your divine will come into this physical realm through our prayers. Thank you for the blessings you have given us. Thank you for not putting more on us than we can handle. Thank you for carrying us through the trials and tests we must endure to create a holy space for You here in the physical realm. In Jesus name. Amen.