Sovereignty. God in control. Perhaps nowhere more evident than in Genesis.
Let’s go back a few chapters. Joseph, beloved by his father. His brothers, hating him. Out working. Joseph sent to find them. And we have this occur in Genesis 37…
15 And a man found him wandering in the fields. And the man asked him, “What are you seeking?” 16 “I am seeking my brothers,” he said. “Tell me, please, where they are pasturing the flock.” 17 And the man said, “They have gone away, for I heard them say, ‘Let us go to Dothan.’” So Joseph went after his brothers and found them at Dothan.
A man. No name. Telling Joseph how to find his brothers. Without this man, none of the rest happens. Joseph isn’t sold into slavery. Joseph doesn’t become second in command in Egypt. Joseph doesn’t save his family.
Why is this particular part of the story mentioned? Sovereignty. God in control. We see it being played out in our passage today. “Yes, it was God who sent me here, not you.”
Nothing catches God by surprise. That should comfort all of us in these troubling times. God has a purpose and a plan, and he will see it come to pass. We may have to wait. We might not understand. But we can trust.