Joseph had to tell his brothers twice who he was. Then he declared again God’s purpose in all his trials. Genesis 45:7 says, “And God sent me before you to preserve a posterity for you in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.”
Then Joseph sent them back to get his father and their families. Genesis 45:17-20 are Pharaoh’s words after he heard that Joseph’s brothers had come. Verse 20 says, “Also do not be concerned about your goods, for the best of all the land of Egypt is yours.”
When the brothers got back to Canaan, they told their father that Joseph was alive and that he was the governor over Egypt. Verse 26 says that Jacob’s heart stood still. His heart stopped in shock. Verse 27 says, that after they told him all and he saw the carts which Joseph had sent, “…the spirit of Jacob their father revived.”
Note: the entire family that went from Canaan to Egypt was 66 persons. 430 years later, the children of Israel could not be counted because there were so many.
God sent Joseph to preserve his family, who would become the twelve tribes of Israel to enter the promised land. Joseph’s dreams included the promise that the Lord made to Abraham. Genesis 15:5-6 says, “Then He brought him outside and said, Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them. And He said to him, So shall your descendants be. And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.”
Whatever the Lord speaks, He fulfills. Circumstances do not deter Him because He orchestrates them. His word will not return to Him void (Isaiah 55:11). He completes what He begins (Philippians 1:6). His timing is impeccable. His gifts and callings are irrevocable (Romans 11:29). He acts for those who wait for Him (Isaiah 64:4). He waits to be gracious to us (Isaiah 30:18).
As we shelter in, the temptations will rise to do something in our own strength, or to attempt to interpret what only the Lord knows. This time certainly brings out the hidden impatience. James 1:3 says to count this trial as joy. The JBP says to welcome it as friends.
Hebrews 10:26 is a great reminder. “For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise.”