24. Can God trust you?

Last time we saw how Joseph met his brothers again. They were clearly remorseful and tormented by what they had done to Joseph. They have lived with the guilt for more than 20 years and it still plagued them. But they were truly sorry and God used what they did for good and later on He also used them as the fathers of the twelve tribes of Israel, His beloved nation. God can use us as well, no matter what we have done in the past. We must simply turn to Him for forgiveness, make amends with those that we have hurt and continue with Him into our future, knowing that He is mightily with us.

As we saw last week, Joseph overheard his brothers when they were saying how sorry they were for what they had done to him. He was overcome with emotion and wept. It must have been very emotional for him. He must have hoped that they will be remorseful, but he never knew until that moment. Yet, still he wanted to test them and make sure that it was not only lip service, but that they had truly changed. He secretly returned their money into their sacks of grain, as he wanted to see how they handled that:

"Then Joseph gave a command to fill their sacks with grain, to restore every man's money to his sack, and to give them provisions for the journey. Thus he did for them." Genesis 42:25

His brothers turned out to be honorable men. For instead of being joyful when they found that their money had been returned, they were dismayed:

"But as one of them opened his sack to give his donkey feed at the encampment, he saw his money; and there it was, in the mouth of his sack. So he said to his brothers, "My money has been restored, and there it is, in my sack!" Then their hearts failed them and they were afraid, saying to one another, "What is this that God has done to us?" Genesis 42:27, 28

They weren't glad that their money was returned, they were honorable and wanted to pay for it. Later on we will see that when they returned, they offered to Joseph this money as well as extra for the new food that they wanted to acquire. They wanted to pay their dues. They aced that test.

Sometimes God will also test us. He will never allow things to come on us that we will not be able to handle. God wants us to live a life of excellence. He wants us to stand out from others, so that we can do the honorable thing. When we live a life of excellence, God will start to entrust us with more and more in HIs Kingdom. He wants to see if we can do the small things well, and then He will progress to entrust us with the bigger things. God has started to do that to me and I must say it hasn't been easy. The small things can be very difficult to do, especially if you are in a hurry. For example when you have tried on clothes in the shop, go back and place it where it belongs. When your hands are full in the shops and you accidently let products fall from the rack, do you pick it up? Do you go and replace the trolley after you have placed the groceries in your car? Do you make sure that the public toilet is nice and clean after you have used it? Are you honest with your taxes and what you earn? Do you make way for other cars to come into your lane? Do you truly listen to your children or your spouse? Do you go on holiday even if the government has closed the borders? And so I can go on and on. God cannot use us for bigger things if we cannot get the small things right. He wants to see that we are living a life of excellence in all areas  of our lives. He wants to entrust us with so much. We need to walk the walk, and not just be a Christian in our speech. He wants us to influence the world, but first He needs to make sure that He can trust us with the small things in life. At the end of the day, they show our character and what we are truly made of.

Father we want to honor You in everything. We want to lift up Your Name and bring glory to You. We want to live a life of excellence, help us with it and give us the strength to follow through. We want to be used by You. Amen

1 comment for “24. Can God trust you?”

  1. Gravatar of RonelleRonelle
    Posted Monday, 23 May 2022 at 3:12:32 PM

    I have always wondered what it felt like for Joseph to see his brothers coming to him with their 'hats in their handa'??
    Could have been easy for him to gloat over them and refuse them food.
    But he did not. God was in that moment and helping Joseph to forgive them.

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