Today my Jonah lesson was on people in the Bible who were given second chances. I’ve studied it before, but the passage that stuck out the most was when she talked about Joseph. In Genesis 45:1-8, Joseph’s brothers – the ones who had sold him into slavery – show up to get grain from Egypt because of the famine. This is the scene where Joseph reveals himself to them. I confess that I probably would have sent them away with nothing or at least gloated a lot. Not that I can hold a grudge or anything. But Joseph didn’t do that. Instead he said:
“I am Joseph your brother, whom you sold into Egypt. But now, do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here: for God sent me before you to preserve life.”
He then went on to say that God was the one who orchestrated his circumstances and worked everything out to where he would be in charge when the time of the famine came. It made me realize that, even in our darkest times, God has a reason for whatever it is we are going through. We might not be able to see it at that moment, but we will be able to when we look back on it after we have made it through.