Joseph tells his brothers that they do not need to worry. He is not angry or resentful of them. Joseph explains that it was God’s doing that he ended up in Egypt. God sent Joseph ahead so that he would be able to provide food for them because there will be another five years of famine.
Discuss with your children:
- Joseph was very happy to see his brothers but they were very worried how Joseph would react to them because they had sold him. Ask your children if they can think of a time that they were worried about how someone would react to them or something that they did. Did the other person see the situation the same or differently than them?
- Joseph believes that he was sold as part of God’s plan. Why do some people believe that things happen for a reason and some do not?
- Discuss with your children if they believe that any part of their lives is part of God’s plan.
- Pick something happy and something sad that happened in your life and think of all the possibilities of why these things might have happened.
- Read a story and pick out parts that you could attribute to being part of God’s plan.
- Write a story about two people who go through the same experience but that have very different outlooks on what happened/is happening to them.
- Write a journal entry for one of the brothers concerning his thoughts about Joseph telling them not to worry about what they did to him.
- Explain your idea of why God does not make it clear to us why things happen.
- Do you think that it worked when Joseph told his brothers not to worry? Do you feel better when someone tells you not to worry? Make a list of reasons why the brothers would still worry and why they would feel better.
- Create a billboard telling people that God has a hand in their life.
- If you don’t believe in God describe how you would explain to Joseph how his life worked out.