23 But he said, “Peace be with you, do not be afraid. Your God and the God of your father has given you treasure in your sacks; I had your money.” Then he brought Simeon out to them.
Imagine what comfort this must have brought to Joseph’s brothers when they heard these words. At just the right time, at the point when we are the most fearful and uncertain of things, God will speak to our hearts. This has happened to me on numerous occasions. Every time I am reminded that God is near!
16 Then Judah said, “What shall we say to my lord? What shall we speak? Or how shall we clear ourselves? God has found out the iniquity of your servants; here we are, my lord’s slaves, both we and he also with whom the cup was found.”
As I read this verse, I am reminded that there is nothing we can do to clear ourselves of guilt. That which was impossible for us to do, Jesus took care of. I love the words of that old hymn, “Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe, sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow.” Praise be to His glorious name!
5 But now, do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life.
One of the things that made Joseph such a great man was his eternal perspective. He always trusted that God was in control and was therefore never undone by his circumstances. I long for this kind of perspective. I know that God wants to give it to us.