Things went from bad to worse until they become really terrible. How are things with you? Have they gone from bad to worse, and have you decided to just give up completely. Have you considered there is a decision that God wants you to make? Is there something you should do still undone? Is God trying to provoke an action from you. Why are you facing a deteriorating situation? What is the root cause?
In this case, it appears the famine is sore to force Jacob to revisit his earlier decision not to release Benjamin. God has planned that the family will be restored and united in Egypt, but Jacob does not know this. God needs a scenario to force Jacob to rethink his earlier decision. What is it that you consider to be evil and hard, but God permits only so that the expected end will be realized for your greater good. Indeed, the ways of God are past finding, they will remain mysteries in God’s workshop to which no human mind is admitted.
But we have the word of God that declares that all things will work together for the good of the righteous who truly love God. Our righteousness is given and not earned. Jacob and his sons are seen as righteous because of Joseph – who paid the price for their righteousness. Jacob comes to the wrong conclusions that God is punishing him and has abandoned him. But he fails to see that God has not. Rather God was putting final touches to their restoration.
Every day of hunger in the tent of Jacob was of needless pain. Are you suffering unnecessarily for that which you need not suffer for. Is your delay in aligning with the will of God causing more pain and risk to others and especially yourself.
Do not despair. Have faith in God. The famine is to connect you to the new phase you so desperately need to put the sadness of the past, completely behind. The famine is sore … but for your good.
Though we pass through tribulation, All will be well
Ours is such a full salvation, All, all is well.
Happy still in God confiding;
Fruitful if in Christ abiding;
Holy through the Spirit’s guiding;
All must be well.
On our Father’s love relying,
Jesus every need supplying,
Or in living or in dying,
All must be well.
Prayer: O Lord, Let me sing a new song that says … I never knew all was indeed well by His grace. Amen
The Songs of Joseph is an integration of encouragement scriptural devotions, prayers and a compendium of songs of mercy, salvation, new beginnings and victory. We can expect as we trust and obey that our end will indeed be ultimately glorious because God works His marvellous agenda. Be blessed as you read and sing along, daily. Edited by Bolade Apampa