Monday, January 23, 2023

A Change of Perspective

 By: Joanne Viola

In Genesis 50:19-20, we find Joseph reassuring his brothers of his forgiveness, telling them not to fear the days ahead.

So much had occurred in his life, all circumstances out of his control. From being thrown in a pit by his jealous brothers, to being accused by a woman of rape, to serving time in prison, to being elevated to a position of authority. All actions done intentionally to bring him harm, done by various people involved in his life, all beginning with his brothers.

We often quote the text where Joseph points out that God had brought him to this position to save the lives of many. There we are reminded while the brothers meant him harm, God used it for good.

Joseph always kept in mind that there was still One working with good intentions, orchestrating his life purposefully.

With this One in mind, Joseph was able to respond to his brothers with forgiveness and confidence. It was verse 21 which grabbed my attention:

"So therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones.”
So he comforted them and spoke kindly to them."

(Genesis 50:21, NASB)

Joseph recognizes God's hand in the events of his life. With this perspective, he is able to comfort his brothers and speak kindly to them.

Perspective can be defined as a mental view or prospect that provides a broader outlook. A bigger picture so to speak.

Joseph recognized God was the One who had been orchestrating the events of his life, for years. He knew all which had occurred, while his life seemed completely out of control, had truly been in the control of a God who controls everything.

As Joseph kept in mind the One who was in complete control of his life, he gained God's perspective and was able to get a peek at the broader picture.

God, worked for all intents and purposes, transforming every situation towards this one moment in time. He also works in each of our lives intentionally, carefully weaving every event and emotion, to fulfill His plan in our lives.

Joseph spoke kindly to them and his words and manner of speaking brought them reassurance. Two timely reminders for us all:

Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a word spoken in right circumstances.
(Proverbs 25:11, NASB)

Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth,
but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment,
so that it will give grace to those who hear.

(Ephesians 4:29, NASB)

In these hard days we are living, I want my words to be kind and reassuring to those around me. I’m betting each of you do as well.


How can a change of perspective change the way in which you respond to those around you?


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