Genesis 50:15-21 – “When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, ” What if Joseph bears a grudge against us and pays us back in full for all the wrong which we did to him!” 16 So they sent a message to Joseph, saying, “Your father charged before he died, saying, 17’Thus you shall say to Joseph, “Please forgive, I beg you, the transgression of your brothers and their sin, for they did you wrong.”‘ And now, please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father.” And Joseph wept when they spoke to him. 18 Then his brothers also came and fell down before him and said, “Behold, we are your servants.” 19 But Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in God’s place? 20 “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive. 21 “So therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones.” So he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.” NASU
I guess if you only read this part of the entire story of the “Life of Joseph” you might think that the old saying, “Time heals all wounds” was accurate but if you read the entire story you will see something you probably missed. It is my simple hope in this brief devotional to point you to a “higher revelation” that Time Heals Nothing and yet there is the opportunity for Total Healing of the Total Man in the Finished Work of Jesus and His Unconditional Love!
I would suggest to you that “time” outside the Finished Work of Christ is an ENEMY, not a Friend. I only ask that you hear the conclusion of the whole matter before rendering a judgment about what I am saying. That will require you to go back and reread much of the history of Joseph and Israel in the Bible. It will take time but it will be a journey that is both interesting and beneficial. It is my desire that I can somehow get you to see “How” to live out in everyday life the Unconditional Love of God amidst all the “Hurts/Beatings/Wounds/Fears/Anxieties of Life.” I’m talking about Total Freedom and Total Healing for the Total Man which is something that many do not even believe is possible much less possess. So my question is, “Are you interested in Total Freedom?”
A BRIEF BACKGROUND:
If you remember the story of the teenaged Joseph with his special treatment from his father, his dreams, and visions you will recall how horribly mistreated he was by his brothers to the point that they “sold him” as a slave while fabricating a story of his death to their father. Once Joseph arrived in Egypt he receives promotion and problem after promotion and problem until he is elevated to Second in Command in Egypt. Years later we come to the timeframe of our text and his brothers stand before him in fear and trembling. They were petrified because the “boy” they had sold into slavery was now the second most powerful man on earth as they knew it and held their lives in his hands. What if he holds a grudge as they were positive he would? They expected him to Get Even. Then their father Jacob dies and they fabricate a story to tell Joseph to try to save their own hides and Joseph responds basically saying, “Do you realize what you are saying? You are afraid I will Get Even! Am I in God’s place? Oh I know what you did to me! You meant it for evil but God meant it for good.” That is Incredible! How would you have responded?
The key, I believe, is that long before Joseph arrived in Egypt He Handled This. I mean he settled it with God. If you study the timeline of his life you will realize that it is quite likely that he heard the story of Abraham from his grandfather Isaac while sitting on his knee. From the time of his youth, he had heard the Story of Covenant and He Knew God! Moreover, he trusted God and knew that for God to fulfill His Promises that God would take care of Him so He was able to curl up in the Unconditional Love of God and Forgive! He was able to Release his anger, the pain, and any bitterness he had and I believe he did it before he got to Egypt or he would have died a bitter old man in slavery in Egypt and we would never have heard of him again.
It wasn’t Time it was Love that Healed Him! Time only enables us the time to become calloused to the wound and live through the pain it Never Removes It completely. That is something that Only love, forgiveness, and releasing it can do. It takes the Agape Love of God to Heal this kind of wound! So if you are dealing with something and hoping that “Time will heal it” turn it loose and run to the arms of God and His love. It is there that there we find Healing and Deliverance!
May God be with you as you go through your day!