|“A humble person is not one who thinks little of himself, hangs his head and says, “I’m nothing.” Rather, he is one who depends wholly on the Lord for everything, in every circumstance.” David Wilkerson———/://///
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“Then they said to one another, ‘In truth we are guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the distress of his soul, when he besought us and we would not listen; therefore is this distress come upon us.”‘ Genesis 42:21
The sons of Jacob, because of envy, sold their brother Joseph into slavery. Joseph was 17 when brought as a slave to Egypt, and 30 when Pharaoh made him Prime Minister of the country. Add to this seven years of plenty, during which Joseph prepared the country for famine, and you find that Joseph had been in Egypt for over 20 years before again seeing his brothers.
The brothers, sent by their father Jacob to buy grain, did not recognize Joseph. Joseph tested them to see if they had changed, and this statement in Genesis 42 is their response. They had waited over 20 years for God to punish them for their sin. Twenty years they lived with a guilty conscience, bracing themselves for what they believed would be the sure retribution of God.
When you live with unconfessed sin, refusing to make it right, not only do you carry the burden of guilt, you have no ability to determine if adversity is God’s discipline or not. With Joseph and his brothers, what they experienced was not God’s discipline, but they had no way of making this determination. Sin confuses you, preventing you from properly evaluating Providence; proper evaluation can only come when you confess your sin and do all in your power to make it right.
Psalm 23-25 Acts 21:18-40 (New King James Version)
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