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Friday, June 6, 2014

Think About It

This One Regret

I recently wrote about the Prodigal Son and how the father was patiently waiting for his son to return home. The son, having spent all that he had, came home not expecting that he would be celebrated, but rather expecting a harsh reprimand.

I’ve also written about regret and how it can grip the very depths of our being to such a point that we are in some sense immobilized. It is often just one regret, one choice or event that we’d like to turn the hands of time back. Sometimes it’s a failure or a missed opportunity. Perhaps it was a choice that we can’t undo, but whatever the case this one regret has us stuck.

There’s another story and this one’s about Joseph and his brothers. It is found in the book of Genesis and records the selling of Joseph by his brothers into slavery. Later, through a series of events, Joseph finds himself second to Pharaoh of Egypt. There’s a great famine in the land, and his brothers, not knowing it was their brother, came to him to buy food. Joseph recognized them immediately but instead of retaliating for what they had done, he blessed them with food. The brothers, seeing the food and that all of their money was returned to them, became afraid that they were going to be arrested for fraud. They also believed that this was not a good thing that was happening but rather a result of having sold their brother into slavery years earlier. I’m sure they had regrets. Eventually Joseph reveals his true identity and says, “But don’t be upset, and don’t be angry with yourselves for selling me to this place. It was God who sent me here ahead of you to preserve your lives” (Genesis 45:5).

The point is simple; God wants to use everything in our lives, the good and the bad. Joseph understood that even though what his brothers did was horrible, God used it to save his entire family. Perhaps that one regret that you’re holding on to God wants to use, he’s just waiting for you to release it. Think about it.

3 comments :

Anonymous said...

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Same here, thank you!

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much for this article.
Mike Fowler
Austin, PA