Our Best Thought is a weekly devotional thoughtfully penned by leaders in DUMC arising from their daily devotions. The devotional’s title, “Our Best Thought” is taken from the hymn, “Be Thou My Vision” as a reference to God: “Thou my best thought, by day or by night.” Publishes on Sundays.
Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will be no plowing and reaping. But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.
Genesis 45:4-7 (NIV)
Joseph, was an extraordinary young man. He had a lot of things going for him. Gifted, A good education, loving parents who favoured him. Much to the chagrin of his older brothers, they were jealous of him, that they did what they did to him. He would’ve been no older than 20 years old when he was sold off to slavery and experienced another pitfall in his life and ending up in a pit.
With much time to himself, we can presume that he could reflect and ponder on his “fate”. But he never forgot all that he was taught. In that pit, he would have chosen to no longer think of his brothers anymore. However, as it would have seemed, the bane of his life returned to haunt him. In that time where he met his brothers once again and deciding on the ruse to test them, his heart would have been experiencing tumultuous time. He chose to forgive his captors/slave trader/brothers and rejoice to see God’s greater purpose in saving his family in a time of desperation.
Unlike many who have watched the theatre musical Joseph and His Technicolor Coat by Andrew Lloyd Webber, I got to know Joseph through an animation, Joseph King of Dreams by Dreamworks Animation. This animation film spoke volumes to me at a time of despair.
I had a health condition in which I felt like I was in a pit like Joseph, unable to escape the prison I was in, through no fault of my own. There were many instances in which I was not well, where one instance even led to me being hospitalized for 3 weeks due to a flare-up of my medical condition. I could have blamed my genetics, I could have blamed God for this condition, I could have blamed my parents for this inheritance. But in all reality, I knew I had to come to terms with the situation that I was in. I had to make peace with family members, church members who meant well but failed at being encouraging.
It all had to start with the point in whatever situation I was in, I needed to put my trust in my Lord, that in not knowing the answer to the “Why’s” that I had, but to change it to the “What would YOU would have me do, Lord”. God had to show me His plans, His visions and His thoughts, which were far beyond my skills, talents, and qualifications. He indeed has His best stored up for me in spite of the uncertainness of my health.
The lyrics to the song “You Know Better Than I” from the movie, as Joseph lay stuck in the pit of his prison, sums up my response to the Lord each time.
“For You know better than I
You know the way
I've let go the need to know why
I'll take what answers you supply
You know better than I.”
Paul Sebastian is a Zone Leader of PJ North 4. You can respond to this devotional by writing to .
Our Best Thought is a weekly devotional that follows DUMC's Bible Reading Plan. Posts on Sundays.