Grace to the Guilty

Genesis 45:1-8

Humanly speaking, the average individual, when faced with people who have done them such grievous wrong, would likely frown and demand, “Drop to your knees and stay there! You think you know what humiliation is all about. You wait until I’m through with you. I’ve been waiting all these torturous years for this moment!”

But not Joseph. He, too, was a changed man. He was God’s man, which means he was a great man. And so, with the arm of the Lord supporting him, he could look into his brothers’ anxious eyes and say, in all sincerity, “Do not be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me into slavery. It was not you who sent me here, but God. He sent me before you to preserve life.” Allow me a moment to interrupt the flow of events and ask you: Did he operate from the vertical perspective, or what?

“But God!” Those two words change everything.

Joseph could never have spoken such words of reassurance if he had not fully forgiven his brothers. You cannot genuinely embrace a person you’ve not fully forgiven. Joseph did not see his brothers as enemies, because his perspective had been changed. “You didn’t send me here,” he said. “God sent me here. And He sent me here for a reason—to preserve life.”

I love that. In today’s terms: “Men, it wasn’t you who pulled this off; it was God. It was my sovereign Lord who saw far into the future and saw the needs of this world and chose me to be His personal messenger to solve the famine problem of the future. You thought you were doing evil to me. But I’ll tell you, it was God who worked outside your evil intentions to preserve life.”

And he says it again, “Now, therefore, it was not you who sent me here, but God.” But God! Underline that. “God sent me.” Joseph was a man who operated his life—continually—with divine perspective.

Taken from Great Days with the Great Lives by Charles R. Swindoll. Copyright © 2005 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. Used by permission of Thomas Nelson.

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Accuracy, clarity, and practicality all describe the Bible-teaching ministry of Charles R. Swindoll. Chuck is the chairman of the board at Insight for Living and the chancellor of Dallas Theological Seminary. Chuck also serves as the senior pastor of Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, Texas, where he is able to do what he loves most—teach the Bible to willing hearts. His focus on practical Bible application has been heard on the Insight for Living radio broadcast since 1979.

ఖచ్చితత్వం, స్పష్టత మరియు ఆచరణాత్మకత అన్నీ చార్లెస్ ఆర్. స్విన్డాల్ యొక్క బైబిల్-బోధనా పరిచర్యను వివరిస్తాయి. చక్ ఇన్సైట్ ఫర్ లివింగ్ కు బోర్డు ఛైర్మన్ మరియు డల్లాస్ థియోలాజికల్ సెమినరీకి ఛాన్సలర్. చక్ టెక్సాస్‌లోని ఫ్రిస్కోలోని స్టోన్‌బ్రయర్ కమ్యూనిటీ చర్చ్ యొక్క సీనియర్ పాస్టర్‌గా కూడా పనిచేస్తున్నారు, అక్కడ ఆయన చాలా ఇష్టపడేదాన్ని చేయగలుగుతున్నాడు-ఇష్టపడే హృదయాలకు బైబిల్ నేర్పిస్తున్నారు. ఆచరణాత్మక బైబిల్ అనువర్తనంపై ఆయన దృష్టి 1979 నుండి ఇన్సైట్ ఫర్ లివింగ్ రేడియో ప్రసారంలో వినబడుచున్నది.