In the Place of God
Genesis 50: 19-21 (NIV)
19 But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? 20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. 21 So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.
After Joseph’s father, Jacob died, all of his brothers started to worry. They thought that now that their father has passed away, Joseph will surely stop showing his kindness and will pay them back for all of the wrong-doings that they did on him. Joseph’s brothers really didn’t know how deeply God has transformed Joseph’s character.
He understood the big picture and knew that there was a purpose for his rise in Egypt. Some people can let fame and power inflate their ego (think of any young music or movie stars). Joseph was level-headed and understood the purpose of some of his suffering and why he was mis-treated. He saw God continue to be with him and he also stayed faithful to God no matter how difficult the circumstances.
Joseph once again gave credit to God, that it was He who intended for good to accomplish His goal, which is to save His chosen people through the famine. Joseph was powerful, but he let God work through him in saving his family. When tough times come, I need to try not fret and worry about it too much. Sometimes when we are mistreated or situations do not go our way, we can complain that it is not fair. If we reflect on Joseph, he went through many situations which were not fair. Jesus also went through life being treated unfairly and as long as can we know that God knows where are at and knows where are going, then we can trust that everything will work out as God intended.