In the book of Genesis we learn the story of Joseph, who was hated by his brothers. Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery in Egypt and through a crazy turn of events Joseph goes from being in a prison cell to being second in command in Egypt.
Joseph was most likely around 17 years old when his brothers decided to sell him into slavery and he spent 13 years as an Egyptian slave and prisoner. When Joseph was 30, things finally turned around for Joseph as Pharaoh pulled him out of prison and put him in charge of the land of Egypt. Around this time there was a famine in the land and people were coming to Egypt from all around the area to get food. Joseph’s brothers came to get food from Joseph and they didn’t even recognize him.
What amazes me about this story is the way Joseph reveals himself to his brothers after all these years. Genesis 45:4-5 says, “I am Joseph, your brother, whom you sold into slavery in Egypt. But don’t be upset, and don’t be angry with yourselves for selling me to this place. It was God who sent me here ahead of you to preserve your lives.” (NLT)
In that period of 13 years, Joseph could have grown in hate and resentment of his brothers and how his misfortune was their fault. He could have held this over them, but instead, he chose to forgive them. He chose to see how God had brought good out of the situation and gave them grace. Ask God today if there’s anyone in your heart that you are still holding resentment against? Remember how much grace our good Father gives us, and ask Him to help you extend that same grace to others as well.
Read the story of Joseph in Genesis (Genesis 37-50). If you have a Jesus Storybook Bible in your house read the story there. Pay attention to how Joseph makes the most out of each situation he is placed in, trusting God and being quick to forgive.