These verses reveal the conclusion of what ends up being the very long redemption story in Joseph’s life. What strikes me most about Joseph’s response here is his ability to see the bigger picture of how God used his brother’s past evil intentions in order to accomplish a much greater purpose. This could have been the moment when Joseph finally got to avenge the wrongdoing done against him but instead, his response shows a settled and trusting heart; having made the decision to forgive and see his circumstances and those who hurt him with a heavenly mindset.
I don’t know what it took Joseph in order to get to this settled place with God, but I can imagine that it probably took a journey of processing his story, grieving his losses, and choosing to put one foot in front of the other in order to trust God and His ultimate plans for Joseph and his entire family.
It’s easy for me to read the end of Joseph’s story and take for granted all of the waiting, trusting, and perseverance that it took as Joseph endured through so many hardships. The same can be true in our own lives as we wait to see God’s redemption plans through hardships, confusion, and disappointment.
God, help us see what You see. Teach us to trust You and look for Your greater purposes amidst our circumstances. Help us be like Joseph when it counts the most — exemplifying Your generosity, forgiveness, and kindness with others as we practice trusting You every step of the way.