“ My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.“ And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.
So the Lord must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion. For the Lord is a faithful God. Blessed are those who wait for his help.
Joseph could stand it no longer. There were many people in the room, and he said to his attendants,“ Out, all of you!” So he was alone with his brothers when he told them who he was.Then he broke down and wept. He wept so loudly the Egyptians could hear him, and word of it quickly carried to Pharaoh’s palace.“ I am Joseph!” he said to his brothers.“ Is my father still alive?” But his brothers were speechless! They were stunned to realize that Joseph was standing there in front of them.“ Please, come closer,” he said to them. So they came closer. And he said again,“ I am Joseph, your brother, whom you sold into slavery in Egypt.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.
When his brothers were ready to leave, Joseph gave these instructions to his palace manager:“ Fill each of their sacks with as much grain as they can carry, and put each man’s money back into his sack.Then put my personal silver cup at the top of the youngest brother’s sack, along with the money for his grain.” So the manager did as Joseph instructed him.The brothers were up at dawn and were sent on their journey with their loaded donkeys.But when they had gone only a short distance and were barely out of the city, Joseph said to his palace manager,“ Chase after them and stop them. When you catch up with them, ask them,‘ Why have you repaid my kindness with such evil?Why have you stolen my master’s silver cup, which he uses to predict the future? What a wicked thing you have done!’”
Abraham named the place Yahweh Yireh( which means“ the Lord will provide”). To this day, people still use that name as a proverb:“ On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”
Now he turned away from them and began to weep. When he regained his composure, he spoke to them again. Then he chose Simeon from among them and had him tied up right before their eyes.
Then Joseph looked at his brother Benjamin, the son of his own mother.“ Is this your youngest brother, the one you told me about?” Joseph asked.“ May God be gracious to you, my son.”Then Joseph hurried from the room because he was overcome with emotion for his brother. He went into his private room, where he broke down and wept.After washing his face, he came back out, keeping himself under control. Then he ordered,“ Bring out the food!”
A Gentile woman who lived there came to him, pleading,“ Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! For my daughter is possessed by a demon that torments her severely.”But Jesus gave her no reply, not even a word. Then his disciples urged him to send her away.“ Tell her to go away,” they said.“ She is bothering us with all her begging.”Then Jesus said to the woman,“ I was sent only to help God’s lost sheep— the people of Israel.”But she came and worshiped him, pleading again,“ Lord, help me!”Jesus responded,“ It isn’t right to take food from the children and throw it to the dogs.”She replied,“ That’s true, Lord, but even dogs are allowed to eat the scraps that fall beneath their masters’ table.”“ Dear woman,” Jesus said to her,“ your faith is great. Your request is granted.” And her daughter was instantly healed.