You intended to harm me, but Yahweh [God] intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.
Genesis 50:20 NIV
I love a good makeover story. Much of my TV viewing is of the shows that feature “fixers” or older homes that are renovated into spaces that bring the owner to tears as soon as they step over the threshold of their new (old) home. The builders and decorators don’t usually cry, but you can always see the pride in their faces as they watch the surprised expression and wide-eyed appreciation of their clients.
I have always been fascinated with the story of Joseph and in particular, I think of the faces of his brothers when he reveals his identity to them. Joseph was a young boy when he was sold by his brothers into slavery. At that time, his brothers were much older than he was. Joseph’s mother, Rachel waited years for her child, and the bible states that Jacob loved Joseph more than any of his brothers because he was born to him in his old age (Genesis 37:3).
At seventeen years old, Joseph was still growing. His years of maturity took place away from his family. His features no doubt changed, he grew facial hair, and developed lines on his brows from years of being enslaved and in prison. He had grown up enough to be given a wife after he was appointed governor by the Pharaoh. By the time the brothers arrived in Egypt, Joseph was no longer a boy.
Genesis 42:8 says, “Although Joseph recognized his brothers, they did not recognize him.” I have shared this scripture before, using it to point out the effect of growth and how maturity can make one unrecognizable to those who have not changed. Joseph immediately recognized his brothers (v, 7) because where he left them was the maximum extent of their growth (physically). Besides, how could he forget the face of the ones who released his arms and allow him to fall to the bottom of a pit, stripped of his father’s coat, and he could not forget the voice of those who bargained for his sale price.
Yet, because there was growth, there was also healing. Not only had Joseph grown in years and stature, but he had matured enough to forgive the hurt and had no interest in exacting vengeance. After his big reveal in Genesis 45:4, he wept and encouraged them to “come closer”, to step into the threshold of mercy and peace. He showed them kindness and hospitality, even when they expected his face to change (Genesis 50:15-21).
One of the results of fasting and prayer is spiritual growth and maturity. I pray that through prayer, we have been healed from past hurt and our hearts have been renewed for good. That there will be no reverting to the past and rehearsing offenses. The past with its hardships and tests have led us to triumph over our enemies and brought us to maturity, having a transformative effect on us as well as onlookers.
The big reveal bring us to a place of wonder and gratitude, as we recognize that only our Father and creator could bring us such complete healing and renewal.
Read: Genesis 45
Write: He makes all things new! What has Father Yahweh revealed in you these past weeks? Have you experienced healing or change? Write about this change and release the past while you give thanks for this transformation.
Pray: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication