Reference text: Genesis 41:55-57,42:5-7a;17-24a.
Genesis 42:22 And Reuben answered them, saying, Spake I not unto you, saying, Do not sin against the child; and ye would not hear? therefore, behold, also his blood is required.
When people find themselves in a difficult situation that is usually linked with something else in their own lives, there is always a natural tendency to create dependencies on those events and either be happy because of those decisions or regret having made them.
The brothers of Joseph were in that exact state of mind where they believed that their current plight was a as a result of their actions towards their younger brother years ago. And in many ways, you cannot argue with them because a culmination of all the decisions and actions we have taken over a period of time, is what has resulted in our current DESTINATION. Simply put: where you are now, is partly as a result of the choices made for you and part those you have made by yourself.
Rueben could say he was suffering from the consequences of a decision he had no part in taking because he had the intention of rescuing Joseph when he was cast into the dry well and had no knowledge of his sale into slavery(Gen. 37:21-29), but that would be no help in their current situation. The past may have brought them to where they were, but their decision then would have an influence on their futures.
My dear, we can easily point accusing fingers at others for being the reason we are in a desperate situation or do not have the best of everything. We can blame our parents for not being very wealthy, our teachers for not teaching us better, our shepherds for not telling us some things; in fact for every bad situation, we will have the chance to lay the blame on others. However, the most important thing is not what is behind us, rather what lies ahead of us from our current position because even though we may not have had a say about our past, I can say with reasonable certainty that we can play a role in mapping out our future.
Remember # Yesterday may have been out of your control, but you can shape your tomorrow together with God, the chief architect.