Peace or Bitterness?

Peace or Bitterness?

26 When Joseph came home, they presented to him the gifts they had brought into the house, and they bowed down before him to the ground. 27 He asked them how they were, and then he said, “How is your aged father you told me about? Is he still living?”

28 They replied, “Your servant our father is still alive and well.” And they bowed down, prostrating themselves before him.

29 As he looked about and saw his brother Benjamin, his own mother’s son, he asked, “Is this your youngest brother, the one you told me about?” And he said, “God be gracious to you, my son.” 30 Deeply moved at the sight of his brother, Joseph hurried out and looked for a place to weep. He went into his private room and wept there.

31 After he had washed his face, he came out and, controlling himself, said, “Serve the food.”

32 They served him by himself, the brothers by themselves, and the Egyptians who ate with him by themselves, because Egyptians could not eat with Hebrews, for that is detestable to Egyptians. 33 The men had been seated before him in the order of their ages, from the firstborn to the youngest; and they looked at each other in astonishment. 34 When portions were served to them from Joseph’s table, Benjamin’s portion was five times as much as anyone else’s. So they feasted and drank freely with him. Genesis 43:26-34

The brothers are finally getting it. Joseph is the only one that knows when the game is up, but it’s taken him a while to process it all especially after seeing his full blood brother. Joseph even had to leave the room so he could weep in private because he was just so overwhelmed with joy.

It’s takes a man of great restraint not to want to retaliate. He could have done so and they would be none the wiser.

But God had already moved in Joseph’s life. His endured great hardship to be where he was. That life of hardship and ease greatly refined him and allowed him to actually have pity on his family.

It’s actually one of the ways life works. Hardship often gives way to peace or bitterness. Unfortunately many choose bitterness and it defines them.

We all go through fiery pain and hardship. What we do with that and how we react to it makes or breaks us. I for one don’t know what I’d do without Christ to lean on during those times.

Bitterness is a choice, but so is peace.

Joseph chose peace.

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