Genesis 44:6–13 (ESV)
Joseph Tests his Brothers
6 When he overtook them, he spoke to them these words. 7 They said to him, “Why does my lord speak such words as these? Far be it from your servants
to do such a thing! 8 Behold, the money that we found in the mouths of our sacks we brought back to you from the land of Canaan. How then could we steal silver or gold from your lord’s house? 9 Whichever
of your servants is found with it shall die, and we also will be my lord’s servants.” 10 He said, “Let it be as you say: he who is found with it shall be my servant, and the rest of you shall
be innocent.” 11 Then each man quickly lowered his sack to the ground, and each man opened his sack. 12 And he searched, beginning with the eldest and
ending with the youngest. And the cup was found in Benjamin’s sack. 13 Then they tore their clothes, and every man loaded his donkey, and they returned to the city.
Joseph steps up the heat on his brothers. After having his silver cup planted in the youngest (Benjamin’s) grain bag, he sends them on their way. After they have left, Joseph sends
a steward to catch up to them and search their bags. When confronted, the brothers feel like they are innocent. They have taken nothing, so they don’t have anything to worry about. When they are accused of taking the Joseph’s
cup, the brothers let them search the grain bags. Again, they had nothing to worry about. The problem is that the cup is found in Benjamin’s bag. What is going to happen now? Have you ever been falsely accused of something?
The fact may be overwhelming against you, but if you are innocent… you feel betrayed. In fact, getting caught at something like this is crushing whether or not you are innocent or guilty.
I pray: O Lord, there are times that I’m guilty and there are times I get blamed and I’m innocent. Help me to keep my head and attitude focused on you… through good times and bad. Joseph
went to prison when he was innocent. Help me to have a Joseph attitude. Amen.