"But think on me when it shall be well with thee, and shew kindness,
I pray thee, unto me, and make mention of me unto Pharaoh, and bring
me out of this house:
"For indeed I was stolen away out of the land of the Hebrews: and here
also have I done nothing that they should put me into the dungeon."
is very clear that a serious misdeed was done to Joseph. He obviously
did not see a prison or any detour for that matter in his dreams. Yet
God was totally in control as long as Joseph did not 'get in the way'
by becoming bitter.
friend recently stated, “Forgiveness is for
matured minds not for
babies.” Joseph was
Joseph's future stayed intact because he did not allow bitterness to encage him. The only thing that would
have confined him would be to entertain bitterness.
by God because he was mature. His response later proved it. Now at an
elevated position, Joseph said to
his brothers [who earlier in his life didn’t think much of him or his
sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a
remnant on earth
and to save your lives by a great deliverance."
(Genesis 45:7 NIV)
Isn't this remarkable? It certainly takes a certain degree of maturity to have this kind of perspective.
And to have this kind of perspective means that there is a greater degree or dimension that we can be used by God.
Bitterness is a destiny killer. It thwarts the plan of God.
Hurt people 'hurt' other people...but ultimately hurt themselves and their God-given purpose.