After being put into slavery by his brothers, Joseph held on to his faith. It was this faith that saw him from the pit, to the prison, to the palace, and then as second in command to Pharaoh. Just as the dream of his youth had shown him, Joseph was soon elevated by God (read Genesis chapters 37-50).
However, most of what Joseph endured suggested that this dream would not come true. As he would learn, it would be many years before Joseph saw this dream come to pass. Yet, once it had, Joseph was well past his teenage years and in his thirties!
It was during this time that Joseph was faced with the brothers who had once betrayed him. The circumstances of this fateful reunion came during a time of famine. In need of food, Joseph’s brothers had to travel to Egypt. As the governor, Joseph could have turned his brothers away or retaliated against them.
In spite of the harm they had done to him, Joseph loved and forgave his brothers. In fact, he informed them that everything that he had experienced was part of God’s plan to position him in Egypt. Thus, all Joseph could feel was joy and gratitude to God.
You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.Genesis 50:20
In closing, Joseph’s story is an example of what it means to wait, have faith, and endure until the end. It is also evidence that, no matter what happens to you, God will be with you and see you through (Deuteronomy 31:6). Finally, it is proof that all things are possible with God, including forgiveness and restoration of estranged relationships.