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Read Genesis 45:3-11 and 15

Tuesday

Read Genesis 45:3-11 and 15

3 Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph. Is my father still alive?” But when his brothers heard this, they were so terrified that they could not answer. 4 Then Joseph said to them, “Please come closer.” They did, and he said, “I am your brother Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. 5 Now do not be upset or blame yourselves because you sold me here. It was really God who sent me ahead of you to save people's lives. 6 This is only the second year of famine in the land; there will be five more years in which there will be neither plowing nor reaping. 7 God sent me ahead of you to rescue you in this amazing way and to make sure that you and your descendants survive. 8 So it was not really you who sent me here, but God. He has made me the king's highest official. I am in charge of his whole country; I am the ruler of all Egypt.

9 “Now hurry back to my father and tell him that this is what his son Joseph says: ‘God has made me ruler of all Egypt; come to me without delay. 10 You can live in the region of Goshen, where you can be near me—you, your children, your grandchildren, your sheep, your goats, your cattle, and everything else that you have. 11 If you are in Goshen, I can take care of you. There will still be five years of famine; and I do not want you, your family, and your livestock to starve.’”

15 Then, still weeping, he embraced each of his brothers and kissed them. After that, his brothers began to talk with him.

Good News Translation (GNT)
Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society

Genesis 45:15 in all English translations

Think

Joseph says to his brothers not to be upset or scared because of what they had done to him - “It was really God who sent me ahead of you to save people’s lives.” (Verse 5) Joseph’s response to his brothers is quite remarkable.  How can you learn to see the struggles of your life as opportunities to serve God more fully?

Pray

Lord help me - with your help to take the worst that life throws at me and turn it over to you for good

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