Joseph hurried out for he was deeply stirred over his brother, and he sought a place to weep.
Finally Joseph arrives home. His brothers are brought in and bow down before him, not knowing that it’s their brother Joseph. “Then he asked them about their welfare, and said, ‘Is your old father well, of whom you spoke? Is he still alive?’” (Genesis 43:27). I’m sure the brothers were wondering, “Why is the governor of Egypt interested in our father?” They couldn’t imagine why the governor of Egypt would care about the details of their life. God, too, is interested in every part of our lives because He created us, He loves us, and He sent Christ to die for us.
Joseph made inquiry about his brothers’ welfare. He asked about their father. And then in one of the most moving passages in all of Genesis, Joseph lifted up his eyes and saw his brother Benjamin. And Joseph said, “Is this your youngest brother, of whom you spoke to me? . . . May God be gracious to you, my son” (v. 29). Joseph saw Benjamin for the first time in 22 years.
Then in verse 30, Joseph couldn’t contain himself any longer. “Joseph hurried out for he was deeply stirred over his brother, and he sought a place to weep; and he entered his chamber and wept there.” Why did Joseph hide himself? Everything in Joseph’s being wanted to reveal himself to his brothers. He longed to say to his brothers, “Don’t you recognize me? I’m your brother Joseph. I’m alive. And I put this whole plan together so that you and Dad could come and we could be a family again.” He wanted to do it right then but the time wasn’t right. There was still one more chapter in this story to be written before Joseph could finally reveal himself.
This reminds me of the story in John 11 when Jesus’ best friend on earth, Lazarus, was sick. Everything in Jesus’ being wanted to travel to Bethany to heal Lazarus, yet God had a different plan. God’s plan wasn’t for temporary healing; it was for a resurrection. So Jesus had to stay a little bit longer until Lazarus had died. Then he came, and Lazarus’s sisters brought him to the tomb. As Jesus looked at the tomb He wept. There’s so much he wanted to say at that moment, but the time wasn’t right to reveal God’s plan.
You know where Jesus Christ is right now? The Bible says Jesus is in heaven and He lives today to make intercession for us (Hebrews 7:25). Right now, Jesus is praying for you. As Jesus watches you go through the trial you are going through, He is asking God to give you the strength to hang on. Jesus is weeping for you just like Joseph wept for his brothers. Jesus is praying for you, waiting for that time when He can show you how all things have worked together for good because you love God and are called according to His purpose.
Today’s devotion is excerpted from “Come and Dine!” by Dr. Robert Jeffress, 2009.
Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.