Am I in the Place of God?

And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God?  But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good.

Genesis 50: 19-20a

In this passage, Jacob (Israel) has just died and Joseph’s brothers are again fearful that Joseph would take out his revenge on them for their earlier sin against him.  Who could blame Joseph for harbouring some bitterness?  But he did not.  As bad as his brothers had been to him, he was able to see that is was God who had been leading his life.  He was able to see that, even though his brothers meant evil, God is more powerful than his brothers and is able to work good out of seeming evil.  Joseph was not so arrogant as to put himself in the place of God to decide what was best for him and his life.  God knows what we need and when we need it.

How often have we been wronged?  How often have we been wounded or embarrassed or lied about (sometimes even by a Christian brother)?  How often do we cultivate that seed of bitterness after we have been wronged?  I can’t speak for anyone else, but I’ve never been sold into slavery by those closest to me.  I think that the wrong done to Joseph is far greater than any wrong done to you or me.  The next time we are wronged or offended and want to lash out in revenge, it would be wise to say as  Joseph did: “am I in the place of God?”.

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” -Romans 8:28.  As long as this verse is still in the Bible, we have only to trust in the Lord, no matter what comes our way.  The phrase “all things” is a great one- it’s not “most things” or “the things that we can see and understand”, but “ALL THINGS”.  That is a promise that we can surely rest on.

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