Pray To See The Larger Picture (Part 2): Joseph’s Neglect

Posted on July 1, 2024

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Pray To See The Larger Picture (Part 2): Joseph’s Neglect

*For more than seven years, Joseph had a privileged position of authority. Except for Pharaoh himself, everyone in the country had to answer to Joseph. Joseph was together with God, administering the preservation of lives in the greatest nation on earth in his time. Yet with all this power,

  1. why didn’t Joseph seek out his family? Even if his older brothers’ betrayal remained a painful memory,
  2. why didn’t his love for his father and for Benjamin compel him to find out how they were doing and to let them know that he was still alive?

With all the resources at his disposal, Joseph never asked to leave for Canaan, even for a brief visit, nor did he send a messenger to inquire. What does that say about his:

  1. pain? 
  2. sense of identity as an Egyptian?
  3. focus on preparing for famine?

Did he assume his brothers would still reject him?* These are compelling questions for the privileged amongst God’s children in our land today! Must we wait for our brethren whose needs are evident to us before we let the bowels of compassion spring forth? (*Culled from Dancing in the Desert Devotional Bible)

Paul wrote in Colossians 3:12-14 (AMPC):

Clothe yourselves therefore, as God’s own chosen ones (His own picked representatives), [who are] purified and holy and well-beloved [by God Himself, by putting on behavior marked by] tenderhearted pity and mercy, kind feeling, a lowly opinion of yourselves, gentle ways, [and] patience [which is tireless and long-suffering, and has the power to endure whatever comes, with good temper]. Be gentle and forbearing with one another and, if one has a difference (a grievance or complaint) against another, readily pardoning each other; even as the Lord has [freely] forgiven you, so must you also [forgive]. And above all these [put on] love and enfold yourselves with the bond of perfectness [which binds everything together completely in ideal harmony].

Apostle John wrote in 1 John 3:17-18 (TPT):

If anyone sees a fellow believer in need and has the means to help him, yet shows no pity and closes his heart against him, how is it even possible that God’s love lives in him? Beloved children, our love can’t be an abstract theory we only talk about, but a way of life demonstrated through our loving deeds 

And Apostle Paul reaffirmed this responsibility in Galatians 6:10 (AMPC):

So then, as occasion and opportunity open to us, let us do good [morally] to all people [not only being useful or profitable to them, but also doing what is for their spiritual good and advantage]. Be mindful to be a blessing, especially to those of the household of faith [those who belong to God’s family with you, the believers].

In spite of any lingering obstacles, God orchestrated a reunion that both restored a family and set them apart to flourish for generations to come. Soon He who is coming will come, and right on time to unite us with Himself. How will say you dealt with your needy brethren? Selah

Pastor Afolabi Oladele

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