Day 11 of Advent Devotionals

Genesis 50:18-21 

His brothers also came and fell down before him and said, “Behold, we are your servants.” But Joseph said to them, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. So do not fear; I will provide for you and your little ones.” Thus he comforted them and spoke kindly to them. 

Jacob had twelve sons and his favorite was Joseph. Jacob gave him a beautiful coat as a sign that Joseph was his chosen successor. This made the other brothers jealous. When Joseph told his brothers he had a dream that they would bow to him it was more than the brothers could stand. The brothers threw Joseph in a pit. They smeared animal blood on the coat and took it to their father who believed Joseph had been killed by a wild animal. The brothers had planned to kill him, but sold him into slavery instead. As a slave, Joseph was able to make sense of the King of Egypt’s troubling dreams. As a reward, he was given the position of overseeing Egypt’s preparation to make it through a famine. Joseph’s family was starving and his brothers came to Egypt to buy food. When he saw his brothers there, he fed them and forgave them even though they had treated him so poorly. Do you find yourself sometimes unsure if really God has forgiven you, even after you have disappoint Him? Do you find it hard to forgive others? Learn from Joseph.

God had a calling for Joseph as He has for you. People or situations might be against us for a while, but in the end, God will turn it for good. You can trust Him today and hold on if you are going through the tunnel of disappointment.

Let’s pray together: Dear God, we know that You have a great plan for each of our lives. We see the chaos and hurt in our world today and it is hard to understand Your purposes. May we never do anything that would be mean or hurtful to anyone else. Help us in our ignorance of your plans. Amen.

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