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19 So they went up to Joseph’s steward and spoke to him at the entrance to the house. 20 “We beg your pardon, our lord,” they said, “we came down here the first time to buy food. 21 But at the place where we stopped for the night we opened our sacks and each of us found his silver—the exact weight—in the mouth of his sack. So we have brought it back with us. 22 We have also brought additional silver with us to buy food. We don’t know who put our silver in our sacks.”

23 “It’s all right,” he said. “Don’t be afraid. Your God, the God of your father, has given you treasure in your sacks; I received your silver.” Then he brought Simeon out to them.

24 The steward took the men into Joseph’s house, gave them water to wash their feet and provided fodder for their donkeys. 25 They prepared their gifts for Joseph’s arrival at noon, because they had heard that they were to eat there. Genesis 43:19-25

Joseph’s steward heard the fear in the brothers’ story. But he also knew his master and the heart he had for these men. The steward probably didn’t know they were related but he knew he favored them.

The moment of truth was upon them, and they were still free men. No one imprisoned them, sold them as slaves, or held them against their will. Joseph was too nice them as was his servant.

People all around them were being gracious and kind to them. Because they were so afraid, they couldn’t accept the graciousness for what it was. The brothers couldn’t relax or assuage their guilt. They were on a mission but it was going much better than they thought it would.

They had to be feeling really good. Even the steward recognized God as the giver of good things.

Do we recognize the goodness of God in everyday things? Do we take a bit of time throughout the day just to appreciate God’s goodness amid a world of chaos and injustice?

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