this son with whom his life is so bound up,
the moment he realizes the boy is gone, he'll die on the spot".(44:30)
Whenever I have read this account of the reunion of Joseph and his brothers, I always wondered, "why all the tests". It finally dawned on me today they were to bring about trust. to bring about forgiveness. to bring about faith.
His brothers had never fessed up to their act in getting rid of Joseph and believed what they had done was coming back to haunt them. Joseph had total faith in his ABBA, knowing all the trials he had went through were so he could be used by God. He had totally forgiven his brothers. Now they needed to forgive themselves.
Jacob's blatant favoritism brought about the treatment and feelings Joseph's brothers held towards him. And when Joseph was gone, that favoritism went to his younger brother Benjamin. He became Jacob's whole life.
The giving up of Benjamin.
It saved the whole family from a sure death during the famine.
How often do we look at the trials and tribulations in life and wonder why. become angry. hold on even tighter to what we love most in life. love more than God.
ABBA doesn't allow the trials because He hates. His Love for us is so great, He wants only the best for us.
The best for us isn't always what we believe because we are unable to see the whole paradigm. That is where trust comes in. To let go and trust ABBA in what He has planned for us. Forgiving ourselves and others for the times we sin or are sinned against. To step out in faith without any baggage pulling us down.
To one day have it all. Not here on earth, but with Him. Eternity. The best is yet to come.