Mortification Will Be Turned to Joy

[Joseph's steward] 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."
Mortification Will Be Turned to Joy
God is not planning evil against [the brothers] and is not aiming at their destruction. No, it is His purpose to humble and mortify them, in order that the subsequent glory, freedom, and joy may be greater and sweeter. Accordingly, the master of Joseph's house does not cease examining the sacks of each one after finding the money but goes on searching for the cup. He discovers it in the sack of Benjamin, who was the most innocent one of all. Now all pride, smugness, exultation, and triumphing perish wretchedly in one moment, since they were at the highest point of smugness and could not be in doubt about Benjamin's sanctity, and all the rest were guiltless. Here they are suddenly cast down in spirit, and all the confidence they had gained is taken away. Now all joy is over and completely gone, so that it could not have been removed more ignominiously. This is what our Lord God does.
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