“When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, ‘Perhaps Joseph will hate us, and may actually repay us for all the evil which we did to him.”
– Genesis 50:15
Joseph’s brothers were afraid. After seventeen years of living in Egypt, their father Jacob had died. And, what was their first inclination? That their father kept the peace between them and Joseph. Now that he was gone, they became afraid for their lives.
When Joseph revealed himself to them many years before, they were restored, and he told them not to be afraid. Joseph had decided then and there that it was finished. He was content that God had placed him there for higher purposes, it was not what his brothers did to him, it was God’s perfect plan.
They are at a place again where they remember their sins from the past. Their feelings and emotions began dictating their thoughts and actions, and that is not how any of God’s children should live. As a result, they came up with a plan to lie to their brother Joseph in-order to try and look favorable in his eyes. Once again, Joseph tells them not to be afraid.
We are told that Joseph cried when his brothers came to him again in this way. He wept because they did not believe he had forgiven them. He wept because they came up with a plan to try to earn their way into his heart and be spared when all they needed to do was trust in what he said.
It is the same sometimes for many Christians today. When we allow our feelings and emotions to run our lives, we can begin to doubt. We can start to doubt that Christ loves us and that we have been forgiven our sins. We forget the promises and that can grieve the Lord. A wise man once wrote, “How we feel and what God says are two different things, and we must never judge God’s eternal Word by our transient emotions.”
God’s Word was written so that we know we have eternal life in Jesus (1 John 5:13). Have you read His letters to you yet?
“We have Bibles everywhere and the gospel is preached faithfully. Yet men and women seek God in old altars and tombs – in dark and dusty places, and finally wind up believing that God is sending signals from the sun.” – Tozer