This confession from Judah's mouth was amazing. But this was precisely what Joseph had been waiting for; this was why he had given the final exam.
Insight for Today
Written by Chuck Swindoll, these encouraging devotional thoughts are published seven days per week.
Do you long for Him? I've got great news! In an even greater way—greater than you could ever imagine—He longs to be gracious to you.
This reunion was really a banquet of grace—on full display—thanks to Joseph, a man of integrity and forgiveness.
Joseph was a great and powerful man, admittedly, but he was also a real human being with real human emotions, who could step out of the corridors of power and have the strength to weep his heart out.
I love the steward's reassuring response: "Be at ease," he told them. The Hebrew Bible says, simply, "Shalom."
When we're on our journey from Canaan to Egypt, we tend to be negative rather than positive. We tend to view life horizontally rather than vertically.
Jacob could see all kinds of schemes, but he still refused to see God's hand at work.
Negative thinking. A horizontal viewpoint. A closed mind to something that is unexpected and new. That's why we tend to panic.
When God softens a seared conscience we begin to gain a different perspective.
Time doesn't erase distress. We have evidence of that in our own lives. We know from experience the inescapable reminders of our guilt.