Day 26

Joseph’s Brothers in Egypt

from the Genesis reading plan

Genesis 42:1-38, Genesis 43:1-34, Romans 8:28

BY Missy Fuller

Text: Genesis 42:1-38, Genesis 43:1-34, Romans 8:28

This past September my parents celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary. My brother and sister and I wanted nothing more than to make it incredibly special and memorable. We spent months preparing, orchestrating every detail.

Not only had we planned a surprise party and invited all my parents’ favorite people, but more than half of our extended family was coming into town to celebrate, my brother and sister included. And if that wasn’t enough, all their people had pitched in to send them on a second honeymoonsomething my dad had been praying about for months but had no clue we’d already arranged.

Naturally, we made the weekend full of perfect moments with new surprises at every turn. My favorite moment was walking my parents out of their house to the driveway as my brother and sister jumped out from behind the bushes. I still watch the video of my mom’s face over and over.

Seeing my parents’ shock, excitement, and genuine thankfulness throughout that weekend was such a blessing. It was a beautiful reminder of the way God works in miraculous ways in our lives when we have absolutely no clue what He’s up to.

God had been working all along to mend the broken relationships in Jacob’s family. Long before Joseph was taken to Egypt, God had all the details worked out.

Meanwhile, nothing seemed to be working out for Joseph’s brothers on their trip to Egypt. They had no idea what was happening to them, or why it was happening. They were treated harshly, then blessed and honored. Poor guys—all they wanted was some food! They must’ve been thoroughly bewildered.

They simply reacted to each bizarre, unexplainable event, clueless that the seemingly isolated incidents were stitching together a greater story of redemption. Like us in our own lives, they could only see what was unfolding in the present. They did not know all God was orchestrating behind the scenes.

When Joseph was sold into slavery, God was working.
When Jacob thought his beloved son was dead, God had a plan.
When Joseph was thrown into prison, God was sovereign.
When there was a famine in the land, God had a purpose.
When Jacob thought he had lost another son, God was bringing about His will.

This family—with the exception of Joseph, a surprise planner himself—believed they were in the middle of a mess. I wonder how many times they felt completely hopeless, like there was no way any good could possibly come from their current situation. But it wasn’t a mess. It was a beautiful, intricate story of redemption designed by the God who has a sovereign plan for the universe and a personal, intimate plan for each of His children.

 Like Romans 8:28 says, our God is always working.

When things feel helpless and desperate, God has a plan.
When we’re convinced our story is over, God is at work.
When we’re exhausted and confused, God is sovereign.
When one more horrible, unexplainable thing happens, God has a purpose.
When we’ve truly lost all hope, God is bringing about His will.

I’ll admit, I’m still pretty proud of the surprise we pulled off for my parents. But even our greatest human plans are shockingly pitiful compared to the wondrous miracles our Father works for His children. May we rest in His sovereignty today and always.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.
– Ephesians 3:20-2 NIV


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52 thoughts on "Joseph’s Brothers in Egypt"

  1. Linnea says:

    Thank you for this study on God’s complete sovereignty….. Some of you prayed for me Monday and my daughters court battle to keep her son. So many things happened to discourage us and cause fear just before and even up to walking into the court room and all we could do was completely surrender to Him and trust. God put His Spirit in us and helped our unbelief. He moved the heart of the judge and my daughter is now home with her son!!!!! our God is ALWAYS working, even when evil strives to bring us down and keep us from believing, even when everyone says it’s a lost cause, when we are at our absolute bottom, He is working to bring about His purposes! I praise God for teaching us how to surrender to Him each and every day and live a life of fullness and freedom no matter what comes our way. Thank you sisters for lifting us up!

    1. Melinda says:

      Praise God for your favorable outcome and for your belief in the pure presence of the Holy Spirit with you in that courtroom! Hallelujah!

  2. Lindsey Sanders says:

    I’m a day behind in reading this devotion, but WOW!!! I needed to hear this more than ever! I loved the reminder that when everything seems to be falling apart, God is still at work because he loves me and I am called according to His purpose. Please pray for my family in the upcoming days as we seek God’s guidance, direction, and wisdom.

  3. Melissa says:

    This could not have been a more perfect reading and response for today. Just when I was getting down and feeling like I will never understand why things go the way they do I am reminded that God is at work even when I am convinced there is no point and that God is sovereign even when I am confused and exhausted by my circumstances.

  4. rachel says:

    thank you missy for the great devotion!

  5. Debbie Faulkner says:

    Thank you for this, I needed this today. My daughter has disowned me and I don’t understand why and she told my granddaughter untruths about me. My 14 year old Granddaughter said she had no use for me. I needed to read your devotion today.

    1. shelliegirl says:

      I’m so sorry Debbie! Love, prayers, acceptance, peace, healing to you.

    2. Heather (MNmomma) says:

      Lifting you all up in prayer this morning

    3. Open says:

      A perfect reply! Thanks for taking the trboule.

  6. Needed this today. Resting in His sovereignty.

  7. Denise says:

    Thank you so much for this devotional. It totally spoke to me and the situations that are going on in my life. I have grown so much from these devotional and I just started with SRT this month.

  8. Michelle says:

    Our God, who holds the entire existence and universe in the SPAN OF HIS HAND, has a plan for MY life. He cares about me and sees everything that happens. He can pull any stunt and intertwine things together that I never thought possible. He pulled me from the darkest moments of my existence into his miraculous light. I couldn’t be more thankful for who God is and how constant and unconditionally loving He is. Praise be to God!

    1. Michelle says:

      Yes! Love!

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