Thursday, July 11
Genesis 50:20, “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.”
In the Book of Genesis, we learn of Joseph, a young man favored by his father and despised by his brothers. Due to jealousy over their dad’s obvious favoritism towards Joseph, their hatred of him grew so intense that they sold him into Egyptian slavery and told their father he had died. Although Joseph endured many trials and challenges in Egypt, he eventually became Pharaoh’s top official during the time of a severe famine. During this season, Joseph found himself face-to-face with his brothers when they came to ask for food. The same people who meant him harm so long ago were, unknowingly, now asking him for help. What would he do?
Today’s verse says that Joseph chose to forgive his brothers instead of taking revenge. This reaction is an example of what we spoke about yesterday, letting God edit our memories. Instead of spending his life focused on the circumstances that led him into slavery and plotting revenge, he focused on God’s plan for his life. And, because of his decision, God used him to save an entire family and nation.
God’s goodness will override any evil meant to harm us. Choose forgiveness and watch his plans come to life!
Forgiveness is a powerful action. It doesn’t condone an offense but instead releases us from being tethered to the offense and the offender. Who do you need to release yourself from by forgiving them? Write a letter to that person. You can choose to either mail it or throw it away. Whatever the choice, let God edit that memory for his good.
Heavenly Father, thank you for never leaving me. Help me to keep my eyes on you and your plans for my life instead of the circumstances that surround me. Help me to maintain a heart of forgiveness so that your plans will prevail in my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen!