Did you ever feel so guilt ridden over something that your conviction travels everywhere with you and you read every situation as exposing your terrible sin? If so, you’re not alone. Joseph’s brothers felt that way even after fifteen years.
Those must have been terrible years for them; they obviously never forgot how they had sold their brother into slavery and lied to their father about what had become of him. How do I know that?
Their own words betrayed their torment. They traveled to Egypt at their father’s command to buy grain during a famine and unknowingly found themselves in front of Joseph who was now Prime Minister.
“Then they said to one another, ‘Truly we are guilty concerning our brother, because we saw the distress of his soul when he pleaded with us, yet we would not listen; therefore this distress has come upon us'” (Genesis 42:21).
God never forgot what had happened to Joseph or his brothers and He was orchestrating events to provide healing on both sides. He used the reunion to deliver the brothers from guilt and Joseph from the terrible injustice he had suffered. The result was much good in the end. It’s only a mighty God who can put something like that together.
Do you need a mighty God for either something you have done or something that was done to you? Don’t underestimate God’s ability even after many years. You may yet see what Joseph did: “‘And as for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good.'” (Genesis 50:20)