Uncontrollable Joy (Genesis 43-46)

Deeply moved at the sight of his brother, Joseph hurried out and looked for a place to weep.  He went into his private room and wept there. (Genesis 43:30)

Yesterday I wrote about limited vision – how we often can’t see the end of a situation when we’re in the middle of it.  From our perspective, all we know is what we’re dealing with in the moment… and it seems like that’s all we’ll deal with for the rest of our lives.  Joseph had no idea what blessings God had in store for his life even after he was promoted to Pharaoh’s right-hand man.

Who knows how many nights Joseph spent in his prison cell wondering if he’d ever know freedom again.  Who knows how much he longed for his family and to be back with his people.  Joseph had no idea what was going to happen, which is why the moment of being reunited with his brothers was all the more special.

Isn’t it just like God to blindside us with blessing beyond what we could possibly imagine?

Right when we least expect it, He has a way of surprising us.  The joy was so great for Joseph that he couldn’t do anything but weep.  Wherever you are, don’t be discouraged.  Know that a day of joy is coming.  Be patient.  And when it comes, allow yourself to be overwhelmed as Joseph was.

Father, You love giving good gifts to Your children.  Help us to wait with anticipation for the joy You have in store for us.  And when the moment comes, let us be so overwhelmed by Your goodness to us that we are like little children experiencing something amazing for the first time.

About Seth

Seth is a pastor, author, and speaker who lives in Batesville, Indiana. He is married to Kari, and they have two daughters, Madelyn and Noelle.

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