It Was God

It Was God

17 January 2012

Reading: Genesis 44-46; Luke 18


5 But don’t feel badly, don’t blame yourselves for selling me. God was behind it. God sent me here ahead of you to save lives. 8 So you see, it wasn’t you who sent me here but God. He set me in place as a father to Pharaoh, put me in charge of his personal affairs, and made me ruler of all Egypt. (Genesis 45:5, 8 MSG)

Joseph had spent thirteen years as a slave or a prisoner because of what his brothers had done to him. Now he had ruled as Governor of Egypt for nine years. There’s a clue to the health of his spirit and soul in his naming of his first-born son Manasseh (God has made me forget my hardships).

Three things here speak to me deeply:

• Joseph kept his soul healthy by forgetting his past hardships and living in the present.
• Joseph did not desire revenge on his brothers. He didn’t even want them to feel guilty!
• Joseph saw God in control of his life, even when others betrayed him.

There is much that I cannot control in my circumstances and in the actions of others. I will live my healthiest, happiest, and most productive life if I forgive and forget past offenses and injustices and live fully in the present. Jesus said, “Forgive and receive forgiveness, give and receive blessing, release others and be free yourself.”

I choose to see God alone as the one who controls my destiny. No revenge and no regrets! God has brought me to where I am today. I will trust him and thank him.


Father, Thank you for the grace of forgiveness and the grace of forgetfulness. I believe that you are in control of my past, my present, and my future. I release from judgment anyone who has wronged me, and I look at today and tomorrow as filled with the grace of my loving Father God. Amen.

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