Genesis 42-50: “God Meant It Unto Good” (March 14-20)

Joseph of Egypt,” by Michael T. Malm

After reading last week about the adversity that Joseph endured, this week we get to experience the joy of his reunion with his family. We can all imagine his joy in seeing his brothers again and learning that they had changed, that they were no longer the men who had sold him into slavery, that they were now capable of far greater courage, integrity, and compassion than they had been previously.

We can also learn from Joseph’s faith that God is in charge, regardless of the harmful decisions other people might make. “God sent me before you,” he said, “to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God” (Genesis 45:7-8). If we really believe this principle, we can be more adaptable and can more easily give things up, believing that God is leading us to better things. See the following blog post: “That They Should Perish Not” – Ether 13:7.

Here are some additional lessons I have learned from this week’s reading:

I’ve also referenced this week’s reading in the following recent blog posts:

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