8. Make amends

Last week we saw how Joseph was caught by his brothers, how his tunic was taken and how he was thrown into a pit. He must have been so surprised and devastated by their actions, but it was too late. He was literally down in the pit, the lowest point. But yet we saw how God was there with him and how He helped him even in these dire circumstances.

Now just after his brothers threw him into the pit, they casually sat down to eat a meal. Not bothered to offer Joseph any. It was then that their murderous plan changed. They saw a company of Ishmaelite traders passing by on their way to Egypt. Judah then had a bright plan:

"What profit is there if we kill our brother and conceal his blood? Come and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and let not our hand be upon him, for he is our brother and our flesh." And his brothers listened." Genesis 37:26, 27

They then went ahead and sold Joseph for twenty shekels of silver to the Ishmaelites. They watched as Joseph pleaded with them not to do it, but they didn't head his call. They simply watched him leave, dragged behind the caravan of traders.

Human trafficking is a shocking practice that has gone on for thousands of years and unfortunately it still hasn't stopped. It is still a practice going on today. The brothers thought that is was better than killing him, but human trafficking is almost as bad as killing someone. In fact they kill the soul of the one sold. The brothers didn't realize it then, but they hurt their own souls in the process. For twenty plus years they had to walk with the guilt, the condemnation and regret of what they had done. It haunted them until the day that they found Joseph again. And even after living in Egypt with him for seventeen years, they were still afraid of Joseph after their father Jacob died. They were convinced that after their father had died that Joseph will take revenge on them. So all in all they walked in fear, regret, condemnation and guilt for almost four decades. Basically a lifetime.

We should never walk that long with regret, condemnation, fear or guilt over things we had done. All of us do things wrong and all of us make mistakes. We all do. But we need to let it go. We need to go and make amends where possible. Where it was our fault, we need to go and apologize and help where we possibly can. We need to get it off our chest. Of course God forgives us when we ask Him. He doesn't condemn us anymore due to the wonderful work of Jesus on the cross. We can walk freely in His forgiveness and grace. But for our own sake, we need to go and make amends with those that we have wronged. It sets us free, it truly does. We needn't carry such a heavy burden if it is not necessary. Mistakes are often made, but it shouldn't be left alone to fester on the inside of us. We can make amends.

Do not allow these burdens to be carried around any longer. They will weigh you down and cause you to be heavy burdened and not ready to walk on the path that God ordained for you. He wants what is best for you. Always and in all things. He wants you free. He said that His burden is light, so rather cast away the burdens you are carrying and take up His yoke, light and free. Then you will be able to do what He wants you to do and to go where He leads you to go. The time is now. Make peace with the past and move on.

Father we are so sorry for the wrong things we did against others. We are truly sorry. We want to move on and be the person You created us to be. Take these burdens from us and give us Your yoke that is light. Thank you that You forgive us, You are amazing. Please help us on the road to make amends with those that we hurt. Please give us the wisdom and the courage to do it. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen


1 comment for “8. Make amends”

  1. Gravatar of RonelleRonelle
    Posted Wednesday, 03 November 2021 at 6:29:35 AM

    I have never thought of Joseph's story as human trafficking, but of course it was !!

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