Joseph has one of the most dramatic life in the Bible. He had several turn of events in life. From being the favorite son of his father yet in an instant he was sold to slavery by his own brothers. He then was falsely accused of a crime he did not commit, imprisoned and forgetten by the one he helped to becoming the second in command of Pharoah.
Yet when he came face to face with his betrayers, he extends forgiveness and grace.
Looking into it, I asked the question, how could Joseph just easily forgive the ones who took him out from his father’s home and comfortable life?
Joseph understood this one thing. He said in Genesis 50:19-20 “Am I in place of God? You planned evil against me; God planned it for good to bring about the present result — the survival of many people.” He understood that he was not in control and that he was not in the place of God. He understood he was not the one seated on the throne. He understood that only God knows what is good for us and even for the whole of mankind. He understood that the plans of God whether it brings comfort or discomfort will always be for the good of those He loves.
We may not know what life will bring us. Today we can have plenty, tomorrow we can be in lack. For a time we can be in pain and in suffering, the next we can receive blessings. Although we cannot see the grand design of God, Our comfort and hope is this, that although we are not in control of our circumstances but the One in control is ultimately good and perfect. The One in control is God and we can trust Him for the outcome. As we experience droughts and famines in our lives, remember God will never leave us alone just as He was with Joseph from beginning to end.