It certainly was not easy for the nine brothers to leave Simeon behind bars as they went back to Canaan. What a shock it was when they realized that all their cash had been returned! Why do you think Joseph returned their silver? Did he need their money?
Perhaps having recognized them as his brothers, he found it difficult to collect money from them for the food he was supplying them. He rather considered provision for their needs his responsibility and paid for the grains (v.25) not defrauding the government as some of us are prone to do. See 45:11; 50:21.
Scripture Union Daily Guide 31 July 2022
Instead of enjoying the blessings of God, however, the battle in their conscience increased. Every kind gesture made them guilty the more. For Jacob, the request for Benjamin to go to Egypt was too much. Put yourself in his shoes. Would you have easily agreed?
Jacob’s anxieties were very human and show the extent of the hurt he had suffered. Our sin often brings suffering to others. However, and unknown to either Jacob, Joseph or anyone else, Joseph’s demand was central to the fulfilment of God’s promises to Abraham, for it prepared the way for Jacob’s family to settle in Egypt where they increased into a great nation (Genesis 12:2).
Question(s) for Reflection
• Is there any warning for me to heed?
Reflection: The consequences of our actions can sometimes be harsh and undesirable. But if we let God work out his plans and purposes, He can turn those unpleasant experiences into opportunities of blessings. Make Romans 8:28 your prayer focus today.
• Any new insight or reinforcement of what you already know?
Scripture Union Daily Guide 31 July 2022 Closing Prayer
• Father, be merciful and compassionate on me, and please grant me the spirit of forgiveness.
ONLY BY RACE
“For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.
THANK GOD FOR:
☀ Being our Rock and fortress, who has delivered us.
☀ Being our refuge and shield this month despite all we passes through.
☛ Increased spiritual and physical strength for the coming month.
☛ Transformation and renewal of our minds so that we can discern the will of God in the coming month.
☛ Self-control and alertness to hear God’ s command to hasten or to control in the coming month.
⚠ Anxiety that makes us not to pray but complain.
⚠ Ending the month in sorrow instead of being grateful and singing the song of Joy for seeing the end of July and not vice versa
Scripture Union Daily Guide 31 July 2022. Scripture Union is an international, interdenominational, evangelical Christian organization. It was founded in 1867, and works in partnership with individuals and churches across the world. The organization’s stated aim is to use the Bible to inspire children, young people and adults to know God. Scripture Union Daily Guide 31 July 2022