They Didn't Recognize Him

They Didn't Recognize Him

17 January 2011

Today’s Reading: Genesis 42-43; Psalm 5; Luke 17


6 Since Joseph was governor of all Egypt and in charge of selling grain to all the people, it was to him that his brothers came. When they arrived, they bowed before him with their faces to the ground. 7 Joseph recognized his brothers instantly, but he pretended to be a stranger and spoke harshly to them. “Where are you from?” he demanded. “From the land of Canaan,” they replied. “We have come to buy food.” 8 Although Joseph recognized his brothers, they didn’t recognize him. 9 And he remembered the dreams he’d had about them many years before.” (Genesis 42:6-9a NLT)

Seeing them for the first time in nearly twenty-two years, Joseph immediately recognized his brothers. However, they didn’t recognize him at all. He had changed. He looked different. He spoke a different language. He had changed from a spoiled seventeen-year-old into a wise, mature, and powerful man, capable of running an entire country! They hadn’t changed at all!

Living a life devoted to the purpose and plan of God, changes you, and it changes you for the better! Joseph’s brothers were part of God’s chosen family, but they were living narrow, self-focused lives. And they were staying pretty much the same, year after year. Joseph was living the purpose of God and he was learning, growing, and changing.

Living the plan and purpose God designed for your life changes you, and it changes you for the better! One thing you and I absolutely never want to say to God is, “Keep The Change!”

Let’s embrace the changes God brings our way and let’s become the men and women God plans for us to be!


Father, Please keep changing me and please keep me changing – even when I whine and complain about it! Keep changing me to become the one and only person who can live the purpose and plan you have designed for my life. And please keep me changing, growing, and learning by my own initiative as well. Amen.

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