It’s amazing how long a task can feel when you really don’t want to do it.
Reference: “Then put my cup, the silver one, in the mouth of the youngest one’s sack, along with the silver for his grain.” And he did as Joseph said.” Genesis 44:2 NIV
Explore: One of my boys has no concept of time. He could be watching a screen for two hours and not realise how much time has passed.
On the other hand, I could ask him to do a five minute chore and he will complain that it takes a lifetime! It’s amazing how long a task can feel when you really don’t want to do it.
Application: As I read through Joseph’s tricks on his brothers my heart goes out to them. Sure, they nearly had him killed and sold him into a life of Alavert, but Joseph keeps setting them up.
I reckon it would have felt like a life time for the brothers too. Not only were they suffering through a famine but everything kept working against them.
Consequences can be hard to handle. If I look at it, the brothers’ consequence was not nearly as brutal as what they put Joseph through.
There are times when we are put in situations due to our actions. Other times it is because of the actions of others.
No matter what the case it seems that the brothers had matured in their older age. They were now honest and looked out for their family.
There are things in our past that we are not proud of. We may even still be suffering the consequences of such actions.
But each day we get to make new choices. Let’s not continue to repeat the mistakes of our past but look forward to a better life ahead.
Prayer: Lord, forgive us when we wrong others through our actions. May we make better decisions today to give You glory. Amen.
What decision from the past has affected your present?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.