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Today's reading: Genesis 45:1-15

When Joseph finally reveals his identity to his brothers, they are stunned. In fact, verse 3 says, "His brothers could not answer him, for they were dismayed at his presence." I can only imagine the myriad of thoughts and emotions that had to have been running through their minds, first and foremost concern about whether Joseph going to take revenge on them for what they had done to him years earlier.

But Joseph isn't interested in retaliation. He recognizes that God has been in control and with him at all times and that what has taken place—the good, the bad, and the ugly—all happened for a reason. Twice Joseph tells his brothers that it was God who sent him to Egypt for the specific purpose of preserving the lives of his brothers and family (vs. 5 and 7). He explains further in verse 8, "It was not you who sent me here, but God."

I love reading through this portion of Joseph's story. What an amazing picture of what it looks like to be fully submitted to and trusting in God. Thank you, God, for showing us your goodness and that you have a plan and a purpose for all we experience!

What have you learned about God and His ways from the life story of Joseph to this point? Do you find it difficult to fully submit to and trust God when you encounter a hard situation? How will you draw on Joseph's story to help you trust God going forward? Tami

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Tami, wouldn't you love to have been there when this played out?
What a beautiful story of love,forgiveness, tears and hugs!
This happens every time sinner comes to Jesus Who loves and forgives.

It took quite some time for this event to take place.
I want instant results,but it takes time, God's time and I must be completely trusting and completely obeying the Lord as we see Joseph story unfolds.

His story it not finished and so thankful that Joseph gets to see his Father again! God grace.

Yes, I find it hard to fully submit to and trust God when encountering hard situation. I need to draw closer to the Lord as Joseph did in this story.

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Hi, my name is Tami Weissert, the P4 facilitator and the "voice" behind the blogs. I'm passionate about helping people grow spiritually and actively encourage Bible engagement through conference speaking and writing. I also served as co-host of the Back to the Bible radio program for over 8 years. A little about me. I'm married to Jeff, and we love scuba diving, playing with our 3 dachshunds and going to Husker football games. I also love growing orchids, singing and Diet Pepsi. I hope you'll join in the conversation as we read the Bible and grow together.

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