He said to his brothers, “My money has been put back; here it is in the mouth of my sack!” At this their hearts failed them, and they turned trembling to one another, saying, “What is this that God has done to us?”
Why is it that often when we face the consequences of our own sin we quickly and openly blame God? Why must God always be held responsible for the problems we encounter in our lives?
It is simply our broken human nature to blame God for anything that goes awry in our lives. Why must these brothers assume it is God’s fault? In this case, it is actually Joseph’s doing and although it seems a bit cruel to me, it does seem well deserved, as they should know. They treated Joseph quite poorly as a boy, to say the least. We must diligently investigate the motives of our heart and the actions of our past in those moments when we find ourselves blaming God. Father God gets too much undeserved credit (blame) for the bad consequences and experiences we encounter. He is our only consistent Advocate in times of confusion, suffering and humiliation. He has truly been there and done that. His mercies are new every morning.