“Your servant guaranteed the boy’s safety to my father. I said, ‘If I do not bring him back to you, I will bear the blame before you, my father, all my life! Now then, please let your servant remain here as my lord’s slave in place of the boy, and let the boy return with his brothers.’”
Amazingly, these words were spoken to Joseph by the same brother, Judah, who had recommended to his brothers so many years before, that they sell him as a slave to the Ishmaelites.
What processes did God use to transform the heart of Judah in those intervening years?
Judah’s first two sons, Er and Inan, were both put to death by the Lord because of their wickedness. Judah experienced the shame of fathering his daughter-in–law’s twin boys after he experienced many years of having no grandchildren. Judah knew both the pain of losing children personally, and the grace of God to restore, and he had experienced the consequences of not following God’s ways. Sometimes God allows us to experience pain to humble us and turn our hearts back to him. Judah was willing to sacrifice his life for others, and that only happens with love. God is the source of this sacrificial love and wants to transform our lives with this love if we will yield to him.
“Lord Jesus, I offer my heart to you again today, and ask for your love to fill me and transform me.”