9. Walk in the truth

Last week we saw how Joseph was sold to Ishmaelite traders by his brothers. Instead of killing him as they had originally planned, they sold him and they lived with this regret and condemnation of what they had done for more than two decades. In the end as they realized, their revenge on their brother was not worth the heartache and pain they had to live with for such a long time.

Reuben wasn't with his brothers when they sold him to the Ishmaelites. Where he was we don't know, but when he returned he wanted to rescue Joseph from the pit, but then he saw that he was gone. He went to his brothers and heard what they had done. And instead of standing up against them and trying to make a plan to rescue Joseph, he instead devised a plan with his brothers to pretend that his brother had been killed. Not one of them wanted to accept responsibility and come out with the truth:

"So they took Joseph's tunic, killed a kid of the goats, and dipped the tunic in the blood. Then they sent the tunic of many colors, and they brought it to their father and said: "We have found this. Do you know whether it is your son's tunic or not?" Genesis 37:31, 32

They lied to their father. And notice how they even spoke of Joseph as Jacob's son instead of their brother? They were really getting themselves deeper and deeper into their own web of lies. Even pretending that they weren't sure that it was Joseph's even though they full well knew it was.

Jacob then broke down and wept for his son bitterly. He tore his clothes and put sackcloth on and mourned for many days, even saying that he will go down into the grave from mourning. It was such a sad occasion. His sons even tried to comfort him, but nothing helped. I personally think they were genuinely trying to comfort him as they felt bad, but they were in too deep and couldn't tell him the truth here.

Sometimes we do things that hurt others as well and we need to accept responsibility and try and make amends where possible. For once we get entangled into a web of lies; it is very difficult to get out of it. The brothers only told the truth to their father twenty years later and only because they found Joseph alive and well. They never would have told him if they didn't find Joseph. And those lies strangled them and influenced their lives for the negative. At the end of the day, if we don't come clean and make amends and ask for forgiveness, the only persons we are hurting is ourselves. We need to break free from a web of lies and walk in the truth.

Jesus said He is the way, the truth and the life, and when He lives within us, His truth will shine through. But if we are entangled in lies, we will battle to breathe and be the Christian that God created us to be. We need to break free and be filled with His truth and life, therein lies real joy and peace.

Walk on His pathway for your life; you will be glad you did. Break free from the past, from wrongdoing and see Him in everything. He has already forgiven you all your sin. Lay it at His feet and keep it there. Then walk in the fullness of all He has planned for you. He has a future and a hope for you. Cling to that and break free from past hurt. His hope for a better future will carry you through.

Father thank you that You have a future and a hope for us. We look forward to walking on this journey with You. Please help us to break free from our past mistakes, to correct it where we can and help us to walk in Your pathway for our lives. We really want to please You and thank you for loving us no matter what. Amen

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