Gen 42:16 Send one of you, and let him fetch your brother, and ye shall be kept in prison, that your words may be proved, whether there be any truth in you: or else by the life of Pharaoh surely ye are spies. 17 And he put them all together into ward three days.
It is wise to be a man of few words. We must learn silence and how to speak few words. Words have weight and the fewer the better. Our words will also be tested. Joseph tells his brothers that their words will be tested … probed further. Our professions of faith will be tested. Our sermons will be tested. Our declaration of truth will be tested. God does this that we may be proven to be people of integrity. Every higher level of truth will have a higher practical examination. All are to speak truth in love knowing we may sometime in future fail the tests associated with these same truths.
The test seems harsh – to be imprisoned for three days, but when one considers the future bliss in Goshen ahead of them and the joys of being saved from a famine that was destroying others, then the three days seems not as tough. What are you going through now? God already had determined to move you into a position of such joy and wellness to make the present hardships appear only as a bearable inconvenience. Keep singing your song – even in the prison – when all the issues have been proven you will be exalted with Christ.
Do not despair – O tested saint, you will yet celebrate and be celebrated. You will yet dance and jump for joy. Three days in the prison of Egypt will soon be wiped out of your memory as God takes you up again. Things are about to change. Only seek grace to respond well to the matters facing you today. Do not despair. God is with you.
Why pour’st thou forth thine anxious plaint,
Despairing of relief,
As if the Lord o’erlooked thy cause,
And did not heed thy grief?
Hast thou not known, hast thou not heard,
That firm remains on high
The everlasting throne of Him
Who formed the earth and sky?
Art thou afraid his pow’r shall fail
When comes thy evil day?
And can an all-creating arm
Grow weary or decay?
Supreme in wisdom as in pow’r
The Rock of ages stands;
Though him thou canst not see,
nor trace The working of his hands.
He gives the conquest to the weak,
Supports the fainting heart;
And courage in the evil hour
His heav’nly aids impart.
Mere human pow’r shall fast decay,
And youthful vigor cease;
But they who wait upon the Lord,
In strength shall still increase.
Prayer: O Lord, make haste to help the weak and fainting reader. 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