“Fill the men’s sacks with food, as much as they can carry, and put each man’s money in the mouth of his sack, and put my cup, the silver cup, in the mouth of the sack of the youngest, with his money for the grain.”
Sometimes when we win, we lose. Joseph’s life is a great picture of how when you’re down you can win, and when you’re up you can lose… and yet Joseph makes it out ok in the end because he puts God first in every situation. His brothers had treated him poorly and he finally had the upper hand. He could, and perhaps rightly so even, dole out some justice upon those who had treated him so badly. This seems to have been what he had in mind when he devised this “test” for his brothers… yet at the end of the day, he was a man of compassion and was too close to the Lord to harbor a grudge. Don’t think that just because you have the “upper hand” in a situation you’re justified in taking full advantage of your position. Always be humble and count others as more significant than yourself. Put yourself in their shoes and do what’s best for them. God will honor that.
*Reading the OT in 2017 plan can be found here