Genesis 45:5-8 Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life. For these two years hat the famine been in the and: and yet there are five years, in the which there shall neither be earing nor harvest. And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God: and he hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.
We know the story of Joseph that leads up to this conversation that he has with his brothers in Egypt. Joseph’s brothers had hated him and sold him into slavery many years before. Joseph would have remembered all that he suffered at the hands of his owners. He was then sold to Potipher as a slave where Potipher’s wife lied about him trying to use her. Joseph was then thrown in prison for even more years.
If all of this had happened to me I am sure that I would have blamed my brothers for all of it and hoped that some day I could make them pay for the pain they had caused me. But here Joseph chooses to forgive his brothers and look rather to the purpose that God was able to fulfill through his brother’s sin. Joseph is now the second most powerful man in Egypt and God has placed him there to preserve the lives of his family.
As God’s children we can have this same attitude no matter what happens to us. If Romans 8:28 is true then we can also know that no matter what happens in our life God will use it for good. We can choose to not be bitter against others for how they wrong us and rather forgive them and trust that God will make good come from it.
How often have we been wronged by other people in our lives even by those that we love very much and would never expect to hurt us? Do we choose to become bitter and seek revenge or do we trust that God will keep His word and bring good from it? Let us choose to trust that God is working in our circumstances and not become bitter with those that have and will wrong us!