GOD NEVER FORGETS HIS OWN
God never forgets His own; We should learn in the life of Joseph that no condition is so dark that there is no ray of light. In the quiet and shelter of the childhood home, He has come to know through dreams and visions that he was to have a place of preeminence among his elder brothers. Hatred, envy and rejection trailed his path as he grew up, until he was viciously sold to slave merchants.
“But as for you, you thought evil against me: but God meant it unto me good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive”, Gen. 50:20.
God did not forget him even when family and friends did. He endured the discipline of darkness and obscurity until he was tried by the word of God. The period did not break him but moulded him. He could tell his brothers at the height of his success, “You devised evil against me but God devised it for good”.
CAN GOD FORGET HIS OWN?
GOD NEVER FORGETS HIS OWN
Genesis 50:7-22, So Joseph went to bury his father. All of Pharaoh’s officials, personal advisors, and all the older leaders of Egypt went with Joseph.
 All the people in Joseph’s family, his brothers, and all the people in his father’s family went with him. Only the children and the animals stayed in the land of Goshen.
WHEN GOD REMEMBER CROWD MUST ACCOMPANY YOU
 So there was a large crowd of people with him. There was even a group of soldiers riding in chariots and some on horses.
 They went to Goren Atad, east of the Jordan River. There they had a long funeral service for Israel, which continued for seven days.
 When the people who lived in Canaan saw the funeral service at Goren Atad, they said, “This is a time of great sorrow for those Egyptians.” So now that place across the Jordan River is named Abel Mizraim.
 So Jacob’s sons did what their father told them.
 They carried his body to Canaan and buried it in the cave at Machpelah. This was the cave near Mamre in the field that Abraham bought from Ephron the Hittite. Abraham bought that cave to use as a burial place.
 After Joseph buried his father, he and everyone in the group with him went back to Egypt.
 After Jacob died, Joseph’s brothers were worried. They were afraid that Joseph would still be mad at them for what they had done years before. They said, “Maybe Joseph still hates us for what we did.”
THEY SHALL BOW BEFORE YOU AND BEG FORGIVENESS
GOD NEVER FORGETS HIS OWN
 So the brothers sent this message to Joseph: “Before your father died, he told us to give you a message.
 He said, ‘Tell Joseph that I beg him to please forgive his brothers for the bad things they did to him.’ So now Joseph, we beg you, please forgive us for the bad things we did to you. We are the servants of God, the God of your father.” That message made Joseph very sad, and he cried.
 His brothers went to him and bowed down in front of him. They said, “We will be your servants.”
DO NOT PAYBACK EVIL FOR EVIL BUT DO GOOD FOR THEM
 Then Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. I am not God! I have no right to punish you.
 It is true that you planned to do something bad to me. But really, God was planning good things. God’s plan was to use me to save the lives of many people. And that is what happened.
 So don’t be afraid. I will take care of you and your children.” And so Joseph said kind things to his brothers, and this made them feel better.
 Joseph continued to live in Egypt with his father’s family. He died when he was 110 years old.
LEAN ON GOD HE WILL NEVER FORGET HIS PEOPLE
We should learn in the life of Joseph that no condition is so dark that there is no ray of light. In the quiet and shelter of the childhood home, He has come to know through dreams and visions that he was to have a place of preeminence among his elder brothers. Hatred, envy and rejection trailed his path as he grew up, until he was viciously sold to slave merchants.
The dreams and visions fizzled-out as he battled for his life in the house of Potipher and in the prison. God did not forget him even when family and friends did. He endured the discipline of darkness and obscurity until he was tried by the word of God. The period did not break him but moulded him. He could tell his brothers at the height of his success, “You devised evil against me but God devised it for good”.
DO NOT BE CONFUSED IN THE DARK TIME
John the Baptist knew this experience in another dimension. As the last prophet before the first advent of the Messiah, he was a sensational preacher that gathered a lot of crowd in his ministry, until he played into the hand of Herodias.
He went into darkness and confusion and could ask, “Art thou he or do we look for another?” Matt. 11:3.
NEVER YOU DOUBT AT THE DARK TIME
The Lord Jesus replied him, “Blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me” Matt. 11:6. Never doubt in the dark what God told you in the light. It implies that you can know the perfect will of God and be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding even in that darkness.
ARE YOU GOING THROUGH YOUR DARK MOMENTS?
Just bear it in mind that God knows you and knows about the situation. He has not forgotten you and will never forget you. You can allow this song to take you through today as a reminder that God never forgets His own.
SING THIS SONG
I am so glad that Jesus loves me,
Jesus loves me,
Jesus loves me;
I am so glad that Jesus loves me;
Jesus loves even me.
Never doubt in the dark what God told you in the light.PRAYER
Help me Lord, to be calm and lean on You at all times. Amen.
Genesis 50:7-22; Matt. 11:6; Matt. 11:3; 2 Kings 15-16; Matthew 14:22-36