Today’s reading: Genesis 41:41-43:34
My selection: Genesis 42:21 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 begged us and we did not listen. That is why this distress has come upon us.”
My reflections: These brothers had carried the secret and guilt of their sin toward Joseph for many years. Time did not make the guilt go away. One wonders how many times over the years they had relived and regretted their action toward Joseph as they watched their father living in a permanent state of mourning. Now, when adversity came their way the thought of what they did so many years earlier immediately comes back to them to haunt and torment them.
Scripture warns of the danger of hiding sin and not confessing (Psalm 32) but also promises that, when confession is made, God forgives and cleanses us from all unrighteousness. There is a remedy for guilt and it is repentance, confession and faith in the atoning work of Christ, the perfect sacrifice for the sin of all who believe in Him.
My challenge: Be quick to repent and thoroughly confess sin to God and to all who have been affected by it. Psalm 32:5 tells us:
I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah
Tomorrow’s reading: Genesis 44:1-45:28