And the men were afraid because they were brought to Joseph’s house, and they said, “It is because of the money, which was replaced in our sacks the first time, that we are brought in, so that he may assault us and fall upon us to make us servants and seize our donkeys.” Genesis 43:18
Joseph’s brothers didn’t know what was going to happen to them. They certainly didn’t expect this ruler of Egypt, who was actually their brother Joseph, to be kind and sympathetic to them. They didn’t expect this man to make them rich and promote them to positions of honor. It wasn’t time for them to recognize the wonderful things God was doing for them.
In the meantime, they were sleeping and snoring, paying no attention to God’s promise. They thought they were going to be severely punished. Everything they thought, said, and did was happening as if they were in a dream. Later on, when Joseph told them, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! (Genesis 45:4), they would wake up and see that everything they were so afraid of was nothing but a dream.
Often we too live as if we were sleepwalking. No one can tell we’re asleep by looking at us. But we aren’t awake. If we truly believe God’s Word, a time will come when we finally wake up and open our eyes. But when facing difficult situations, our hearts might not be able to be as strong and confident as God’s Word requires. Then, at the very least, we should keep on believing in a weak sort of way, as Joseph’s brother did here. We shouldn’t start complaining against God or grow tired of praying and calling out to him. In difficult times, we may not be able to believe God as strongly, praise him as wholeheartedly, and pray to him as sincerely as we do in good times. But at least we should believe and pray as much as we are able.
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Martin Luther served as a catalyst of the Protestant Reformation in sixteenth-century Europe. This book teaches children about his fascinating life, influence, and teaching while encouraging them to see how God uses them in His kingdom today.
Children learn the historic background to a significant time in the church. They discover that, like Martin Luther, they can learn about the reality of Christ’s life and death on their behalf, His grace and mercy, and His desire for them as baptized, redeemed children of God.