“But don’t be upset, and don’t be angry with yourselves for selling me to this place. It was God who sent me here ahead of you to preserve your lives. This famine that has ravaged the land for two years will last five more years, and there will be neither plowing nor harvesting. God has sent me ahead of you to keep you and your families alive and to preserve many survivors. So it was God who sent me here, not you! And He is the one who made me an adviser to Pharaoh—the manager of his entire palace and the governor of all Egypt.”
Now it’s Joseph’s turn to comfort his brothers. Three times in these verse Joseph states ‘God sent me here.’ What perspective he has! Joseph has grown from a life of pride and self-gratification to one of maturity, depth and seeing God’s hand in every aspect of his life.
Respond in Prayer
Spend some time now reflecting on the following questions: How much time do I spend thinking eternally vs. temporally? How much do my daily decisions reflect my heavenly citizenship vs. my earthly one? Ask God to begin to shift your perspective, to see things through His eyes and not your own. Check out this further reading on eternal perspective.
For Families with Kids at Home
Today, ask God to give you his eternal perspective for your home. How is he shaping your family to live for eternity right now? What have you learned about God as a parent in this season? Look back at the last couple of months, and thank God for the ways he has grown your family in light of eternity.