Joseph said to them, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good.” (50:19-20, niv)
If only all endings were happy like this one! After Judah’s impassioned speech, in which he shows so much concern for his father, Joseph can no longer contain himself. It gives me goose bumps to think of it! Joseph weeps—loudly—so loudly that the Egyptians and all the household of Pharaoh heard it. And the brothers weep, too. One huge festival of tears and joy!
Gone is the hatred, the jealousy, and the mistrust. Joseph makes himself known to his brothers and reconciliation takes place. Hallelujah!
This is how God wants all stories to end, including yours and mine. He doesn’t want brothers and sisters, friends and families, communities and nations to be angry and at odds with one another. He wants reconciliation. That is why centuries later the same God whom Joseph knew sent his only Son, Jesus, to die on a cross on Calvary’s hill to reconcile the world to himself (2 Corinthians 5:18-20).
Many bad things happen in this world. God is not unaware of them. But to those who know and trust him, he will work out the details. His intentions are always good for those who love him. For such as these, there is always a happy ending.
Thank you, O God, for reconciling the world—and me—to yourself. Amen.