God's Wonderful Plan For Joseph
We all have a hard time forgiving people that has done us wrong. do not get me wrong, I am still having trouble forgiving the bullies that has picked on me from elementary school and through high school. The devil always made me say, "I hate all bullies, I wish all bullies were dead." But I have to find a way to forgive those bullies. I know now that I should not blame the bullies. I blame the devil. it is the devil's fault that for making us hate on one another, and making us hate our friends, siblings and parents that did us dirty. So today, it is not the those people faults. It is the devil's fault. I hate the devil, but I love God.
That is why I honor for his forgiveness of his brothers. when Joseph made himself known and cried out to his brothers when he said, “Come close to me.” I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! For two years now there has been famine in the land. "But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance. So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God. He made me a father to Pharaoh, lord of his entire household and ruler of all Egypt. Genesis 45:4, 6-8 NIV. How would I have responded to that is I would have been angry after two years seeing my siblings. I could not face that moment. Seeing them would hurt me and it would have taken me back down to memory lane. It is a challenge to forgive someone that had done you wrong. That is why we need the Lord in our lives to help us forgive. It takes a lot of prayer to forgive someone. That is why most people struggle with forgiveness.
When I read his entire story, I said to myself, "wow, I understand what he been through, I been through the same hell as he did." Jacob favored Joseph the most out of all his children.
"And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him. Genesis 37:4 KJV.
That reminds me of when I was in elementary and high school. There were a lot of teachers that favored me the most than all of their other students. Some teachers would tell me upfront that I was the best student they ever had, and a lot of students heard that.
When I was in 8th grade, a teacher, in particular, told me that. Her name was Mrs. Johnson Black.
"Ciara, I wish all my students were just like you, you are a good student, we need more students like you, I told the other teachers that you are my favorite, " she said.
At that moment, I was flattered that she liked me better than all the other students. She liked me more because I was the only student that listened, and I always set up front in class. I followed all of her instructions and did every single homework assignment she had given me. The others were lazy and they did not want to do the work. They all were joking and fighting in class. Mrs. Johnson always rewarded me every day at the end of the class, giving me chips and candy. When other students had gotten aware that she favored me the most. They envied that and hated it. That part reminds me of when Joseph's brothers said to him, “Here comes that dreamer!” they said to each other. “Come now, let’s kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns and say that a ferocious animal devoured him. Then we’ll see what comes of his dreams.” Genesis 37:19-20 NIV. That reminds me when the students would see me every day, they would call me the teacher's pet. They had kept picking on me with that until the bullying escalated into a fight. My anger had started getting the best of me when I kept getting bullied all the time because of favoritism. I even made death threats to those bullies. That is why today, I do not like favoritism. I feel that favoritism is a sin because I believe you are supposed to show kindness to all of your children and students. Loving one child more than the other child is a sin. Even if that child gives you a hard time, you still supposed to show love, not hate. That is why I thank the Lord for my child Kiara Powell. She gives me a hard time all the time. But with the grace of God, he helps me with my frustrations. That makes me show love to my child. I do not like it when people say he or she is my favorite cousin or brother. Favoring someone can get someone hurt. We all supposed to treat people the way we want to be treated. That is also my worst part of the story is dealing with bullies and favoritism.
While reading the story of Joseph, my emotions were all over the place throughout all the chapters. The only part I felt vengeful was Joseph's upbringing of what his brothers did to him. This was my first time reading this story. I was thinking to myself that I wished God had a way to make sin vanish from the earth and sin will no longer happen even today. I wish the whole world was at peace, and everyone show kindness to one other. I wish anger, bullying, hate, scorn, favoritism, and hell did not exist.
As I was wishing for that, I had some skeptical questions in mind. If God had the power to make sins and the devil disappear completely on earth in biblical times. Will there still be preachers and teachers? What would the pastors teach about in religion if evil did not exist? How would the world be like if the devil was gone completely? Should only happiness and kindness be going on in the land?
This challenge was given to me by my evangelist. I learned from her that favoritism is not a sin. I had to rebuke that thought. God has his favorite worshiper. God is a jealous God, he sees and hears everything we do. Being someone's favorite is a not a sin. The only thing that can make favoritism a sin is when someone tell you that you are their favorite so others can hear it. That is a sin. Like what my teacher did when the whole class heard it, they were against me. Now that is wrong. But showing favoritism in a spiritual way, is a good thing.
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