Scripture: Genesis 42:7
Reflection: In the world in which we live, we imagine that we know who to trust and who to fear. We draw lines for who we love and who we distrust, dislike. There are clear sides of good and bad. Our side being good and right. God is always on our side, right? We begin to think we can bring about transformation and we know the mind of Christ.
Again, our scripture reminds us how we are challenged in faith again and again. We assume that family is on your side but here Joseph is thrown into a pit and left to die. Then sold into slavery. It works out for Joseph, as he finds favor with the King, gains power and has resources during a famine. His brothers are hungry. Here they come before him and Joseph is a bit passive-aggressive. We understand the pain that drives the game Joseph plays with his brother and we are not disgusted. Is this really what God wants from us in our relationships?
Over and over throughout this story, our assumptions are challenged. It is not enough to be good. We need a radical transformation that only God can bring. We need reconciliation that is deeper than a forgiveness we can offer. We need God to bring us out of the pit. We have to step out of the powerful spirit of the mob and let the holy spirit guide our lives.
This is a story about a group of brothers. It is also a story about humanity. It is a story for you and for me. May we hear God’s word for us today.
Prayer: God, pull us out of the pit. Snap us out of it when we are in the middle of the mob. Remind us every day of our need for you. Guide us. Inspire us. Transform us, the church and this country. Transform me. In the name of Jesus we earnestly pray. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].