Weeping for Joy

Weeping for Joy

Today’s Scripture Selection: Genesis 45:2

“And he wept aloud: and the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh heard.”

After all the twists and turns; all the drama – Joseph is reunited with his family – the very brothers who had long ago sold him into slavery.

Does he take revenge?  Does he rub their faces in the shame of their past actions?  Nope.  He excuses himself to the other room and weeps so loudly – for joy – that all the royal court hears him.

How different that is from normal “human nature.”

It is so easily to be slighted, intentionally or unintentionally, in this world of relationships in which we live – and even easier to lick our wounds once slighted.

Joseph is a wonderful model of faith in action.

He simply attributes all that has happened to him, good and bad, as the providential grace of God at work.

How often do we do that?

How often do we look beyond the surface to see the deep implication of all that God has planned for us?

I confess, not often enough.

Look for God at work – even in the most unusual or painful of circumstances.

You may be surprised what you see.  You may even weep for joy.

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