Together again


This week I have been reading the ‘classic’ tale of Joseph in Genesis. This wonderful story is rich in drama as it tracks the fall and rise of Joseph from slave boy, sold by his jealous brothers, to becoming the Prime Minister of Egypt! The underlying ‘narrative’ is of God’s bigger purposes being outworked too. In chapter 45 Joseph finally makes himself known to his brothers...

Then he threw his arms around his brother Benjamin and wept, and Benjamin embraced him, weeping. And he kissed all his brothers and wept over them. Afterwards his brothers talked with him.
— Genesis 45: 14-15 The NIV Bible

This was a highly emotional moment, and I love how the Bible records that for us. It’s like you can feel the joy and relief in Joseph as he is reconciled with his family after. Joseph could have been angry with them for what they did to him, however he saw God’s bigger picture of why he had been in Egypt. His family was still of great value to him. Two thoughts from this story: 1. God is at work in our lives, even if we can’t see it. 2. Family life may not always be easy - but seek peace, reconciliation and love wherever you can! (Thanks to Maxime Gé on Dribble for the image).

Gary Bastin - Hope Community Church leader

Gary Bastin