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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!
“How can I go back to my father if the boy is not with me? No! Do not let me see the misery that would come on my father.”
Approximately 22 years earlier, Judah had talked his brothers into selling Joseph as a slave to traders heading to Egypt. All of this was driven by the hatred they had for their little brother. But when they had seen the devastation of emotion brought upon their father as a result of their hatred, their hearts softened. Now this Egyptian ruler demand they leave their youngest brother, Benjamin, in Egypt as punishment for stealing a silver goblet while they went to fetch their father. Judah appeals to the leader, seeing how it will kill their father when news comes that Benjamin has been detained.
What these ten sons had brought on their father, Jacob, in the way of lies and hatred was despicable. But now Judah was “Finally Sorry.” Isn’t it amazing the length we’ll allow our selfishness to go at times in order to hurt others. Family sorrow, job problems, and future hopes and dreams are all impacted when someone operates in complete selfishness at the expense of others. It’s true that Judah and his brothers barely thought of the impact their selfish decision would have on their old father. Instead, they allowed their hatred to drive them beyond the point of no return. Now, as the years had passed, sorrow had encompassed their hearts for their previous actions. When pressed to hurt their father, and perhaps kill him if they followed this edict, they begged this leader of Egypt for mercy in order to spare their father’s life. It took a lot, but now they were “Finally Sorry.”
I’m asking You this AM to help me see the consequences of selfish choices before I make them. Amen