Now Joseph was governor over the land; and it was he who sold to all the people of the land. And Joseph’s brothers came and bowed down before him with their faces to the earth.
It’s been over 20 years since Joseph has seen his 10 older brothers. The dream he had decades ago was starting to come true. Here they were, bowing before him—yet not knowing who he really was.
The unconfessed sin they continued to conceal would soon rise to the surface. But for now, they were nowhere near repenting of what they had done to Joseph. So God would have to graciously allow an odd sequence of events to awaken their conscience once again—a process that we will continue to look at for the next three chapters in Genesis.
This odd sequence of events doesn’t make any sense until you see that God is graciously drawing these 10 men to confession and repentance by gently (or not so gently) awakening their conscience yet again.
And make no mistake—God can graciously do this with you too! Do you want Him to? Or would you rather live with the wilting awfulness of unconfessed sin? Maybe you’ve lived so long with it, it’s become the new normal—but it doesn’t have to be that way! All you have to do is ask God.
He will allow an odd sequence of events that don’t make sense until you see that God is graciously drawing you to confession and repentance by gently (or not so gently) awakening your conscience again.
But beware…and be warned…God does not have to ask for your permission since it’s for your own benefit, painful as it may be. God may just do it anyway…because He loves you.