“I am your brother Joseph, whom you once sold into Egypt. But now do not be distressed, and do not reproach yourselves for having sold me here. It was really for the sake of saving lives that God sent me here ahead of you.” —Genesis 45:4-5
Joseph’s brothers were shocked when he revealed his identity. His forgiveness of them was even more shocking. “Thereupon he flung himself on the neck of his brother Benjamin and wept, and Benjamin wept in his arms. Joseph then kissed all his brothers, crying over each of them; and only then were his brothers able to talk with him” (45:14-15). Then the brothers were sent home to bring back their father for a miraculous family reunion.
Prayer: Father, reconcile every hurt in every family who ever reads this.
Promise: “God, therefore, sent me on ahead of you to ensure for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives in an extraordinary deliverance. So it was not really you but God Who had me come here.” —45:7-8