4 Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! 5 And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. 6 For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will be no plowing and reaping. 7 But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance. Genesis 45:4-7
This is the last reading for the story of Joseph. I chose these verses because they bring together the dream becoming a reality. If you think about it, Joseph sharing his dream to his jealous brothers may seem to be a error in judgement, but the suffering he went through was to save the nation of Israel. Favor of God was with him the whole time. God always does this, he takes the evil done to righteous men and turns it around and makes it into something wonderfully good. Forgiveness becomes easy if you can take yourself out of the equation and see what harm that was done to you; God was making to be something awesome. We all have the freedom of choice in our lives, we can play the victim and feel sorry for our circumstances or we can look at out lives and see where God is taking us. God has a vision for our lives and we will have that abundant life if we see that godly vision with His eyes. I have to give credit to my Pastor John Siebeling for this last blog post. I find it a very Holy Spirit moment when all week I have been reading the story of Joseph; and that was the essence of his sermon this weekend. God is awesome!!!