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 45:7
The 10 elder brothers had sold Joe into slavery out of jealous rage. He suffered in Egypt for a while but eventually became prime minister of Egypt. Famine struck the land and forced Jacob’s sons to go to Egypt twice to buy grain to feed them and their livestock. During the whole ordeal, Joe made it possible for a brother to remain in his custody to force the delivery of his brother Ben to him. When Ben came to Egypt, Joe eventually lost control of his emotions and broke down before his brothers. He assured them that he was Joe their brother. Also, he told them that despite their selling him into slavery, God meant it for good. The good was saving them through the famine in order to fulfill his promise to Abe, Ike, and Jake that the nations of the world would be blessed through them and that their progeny would inherit the land of Canaan.
Many times we get frustrated with God and at God when he tells us something will come of our lives, but the timeline doesn’t pan out as we thought it should. Or we do digging into what is God trying to do with us and through us. This is the point where we have to stop and appreciate greatly the words of the apostle Paul, who said we know in part and prophesy in part. He said elsewhere that God’s ways and thoughts are not ours and are loftier and grander than ours, as they should be.
Think about it! If we are able to do all that the Creator can do, why would we need a Savior and Redeemer and Creator and Provider? God purposefully limited the ability of man, because of sin, in the Garden of Eden and at the tower of Babel to prevent him from becoming an immortal capable of becoming like Lucifer. He wants us to rely solely upon him to care for us and provide for us. Sure he gave us certain abilities and told us to subdue the earth and take dominion over it because it needed tending in order for us to exist in the physical realm.
When Joe’s brothers sold him, they had no idea what God had in store for them or him. They thought they were getting rid of the source of agitation and frustration, the braggadocious brother! Instead God sent his servant, whom he knew would do his will, into the very heart of the place that could preserve the family line in order to bring about the promises made to their father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Moving the family to Egypt also brought about the fulfillment of God’s prediction that the Hebrews would suffer 400 years of slavery at the hands of the Egyptians, which precipitated their exodus and eventually inheritance of the land of Canaan.
Sure God could have done things in an easier way, but he had his reasons. What we don’t see or fail to remember is that God did these things to disguise his plan of redemptive salvation from the enemy. His ways are truly higher than ours and don’t always make sense to us. Thus, we need to learn to trust him and follow his leading. He promised us the gift of his Holy Spirit to be the one who comforts us but also teaches us the things of God and leads us into all truth. If we learn to respect and hear what God the Holy Spirit is saying to the churches, then we will not be so easily upset or disappointed by the way God leads us. Remember, ours is to do not wonder why. Trust him; he’s got this!
Father, normally I start out thanking you for what you’ve done in my life, but today I need to start with an apology for all the times that I’ve doubted you and questioned why you do things the way you do. Numerous times I’ve allowed myself to worry, fear, and become angry because things didn’t go when, where, how, or why I thought they should. During those times, I could’ve been freer of less stress and emotional upheaval had I just listened to you and trusted you completely. You know the best for me and want nothing but the best for me. Please forgive me for my dissension. On the other hand, I do honestly thank you for loving me enough to forgive me of this past sins and for continuing to love me to this day. You never cease to amaze me at how much you love us, even to the point of death on the cross. You are the God who lives, no doubt! Your will alone be done. In Jesus’ name, Amen.