HARSH REALITIES

Thursday: 11th June, 2019

Reference text: Genesis 44:18-29, 45:1-5

Genesis 45:4 And Joseph said unto his brethren, Come near to me, I pray you. And they came near. And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt.

When people make remarks or do things that should warrant a significant retaliation or reproach, we sometimes hear the words “I am going to pretend we never had this conversation or ‘I am going to pretend I didn’t hear those remarks’. In doing so, the situation is neither admitted nor corrected, only pushed under the carpet.

I admire the attitude of Joseph exhibited in the text from Genesis which is read today. When revealing his identity to his brothers he said: ‘It is me, Joseph, the one you sold into slavery’. After his meteoric rise to second in command of the land, any association with slavery should have been off the table but he boldly brought it up because it was necessary in the current situation. It was not to remind his brothers of their mistake, but to show them what their choice had led to.

Beloved, whenever we refuse to acknowledge the reality in some situations, we are not really positioning ourselves well enough to address them, especially as believers. It is a fact that Joseph was a slave in Egypt and a fact that he only got there because he was sold by his brothers; that was the reality he had to come to terms with. In spite of this, he came to understand that all events were part of a master plan to get him into Egypt for everyone’s sake.

Sometimes, to deal with what is going on, there are many moments you have to call things as they are. You have to see a problem and acknowledge its existence before you can work towards a solution. Like in the words: ‘when I am weak, then I am strong, Faith does not disregard the presence of a harsh reality, but gives the ability to see the hand of God at work even in the direst of situations. That is not a fact, but a truth.

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