A lack of faith was demonstrated by Joseph’s brothers after the death of their father.
Joseph had assured the brothers that all had been forgiven (Gen. 45:8). The brothers
had seemed to accept Joseph’s statement, but after their father died, they began to
wonder again if Joseph might retaliate.
The brothers pleaded that Joseph might take heed to their father’s words and forgive
them for what they had done. Notice Joseph’s reaction when he heard these words from
his brothers: “And Joseph wept when they spake unto him” (50:17).
Joseph wept because his brothers refused to believe him. It was heartbreaking for him
to realize that his brothers had so little faith in him.
This gives us a small picture of how God’s heart is broken when we do not take Him at
His word. God can be trusted; therefore, let us exercise faith and take Him at His word.
We see the emotions of God when we read of how Jesus sorrowed over Jerusalem. He
grieved because they rejected Him—they refused to place their faith in Him.
Jesus cried, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them
which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even
as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!” (Matt. 23:37). Let
us take God at His word.
Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed (John 20:29).