“Joseph said to his brothers, ‘I am Joseph! Is my father still living?’ But his brothers were not able to answer him, because they were terrified at his presence.”Genesis 45:3
When they had sold him into slavery, Joseph’s brothers never expected to see him again. Years later, as they bowed before the Egyptian leader, they couldn’t imagine him to be their brother. As a boy, Joseph had seen this day in a dream, but his brothers didn’t remember the dream, nor had they ever taken it seriously. So when Joseph revealed himself, they were terrified. A reunion that should have brought joy brought horror.
Unexpectedly coming face to face with a broken relationship is difficult. Whether it was the result of a misunderstanding or a wrongdoing, when someone from the past suddenly appears, it can be unsettling. If you’ve known what that is like, now put yourself in the place of Joseph’s brothers!
God loves us too much to allow brokenness to fester. He heals our relationships. In the case of Joseph, through repentance and forgiveness, they became a family again, even recognizing God’s hand in it for their good (v. 7). God desires reconciliation. After all, He gave His only Son to purchase it for you.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)