Christian Devotional – December 12, 2018

There’s nothing wrong with emotion. Joseph is with his brothers and he sees his brother Benjamin for the first time in all these years. He is brought to tears. Read Genesis 43:26-30.

Joseph hurried out for he was deeply stirred over his brother, and he sought a place to weep; and he entered his chamber and wept there.
Genesis 43:30 NASB

Joseph is deeply moved by seeing his brother. Joseph was only 17 when he was sold to the slave traders, so Benjamin was probably just a young boy. No wonder there was so much emotion. Joseph missed out on all the opportunities to play and enjoy having a brother. 

Sometimes we shy away from emotions, thinking they make us appear weak. But, emotions are part of who God made us to be. We have the capacity to love deeply and laugh greatly, but with that is the capacity to hurt and feel pain. God is there with us through all the emotions. If we shut ourselves off from the difficult emotions we start to lose the ability to enjoy the positive ones. Will we trust God and allow Him to guide us through all of the emotions that God has created for us?

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