Amidst all the tension and turmoil around me, Lord, You remain my center, my strength, and my hope. Be so again today.
Read GENESIS 46:1-34
Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
“Probably each of us has experienced the breath of life as God’s words have come clearly to our hearts, giving direction for the way before us, encouraging or strengthening us” (Mark Virkler).
As Jacob headed toward Egypt and reunion with his beloved son, he stopped at Beersheba, the last outpost of Canaan. Its purpose was recommitment to the God who had brought his family into the land two generations earlier, and promised a nation, land and blessing to his grandfather Abraham through the line of his father Isaac. Jacob’s large itinerant family was evidence of the promise of descendants becoming fulfilled; the role Joseph was already playing in Egypt was a foretaste of being “blessed to be a blessing.” However, journeying to Egypt was problematic for possession of the land. Jacob had left and returned before, but this substantial move with his whole family in his old age was more worrisome. So a special word from God to reinforce the promise of return was timely.
The Bible often records visions and encounters when God calls his people into new and challenging endeavors. Jacob’s experience here preceded those of many well-known descendants (e.g. Moses, Isaiah, Amos, Jeremiah, Mary, Paul). But this was not Jacob’s first encounter with God. On his previous departure from Beersheba, his angelic dream at Bethel reinforced the family covenant (28:13-15). On his return home decades later he struggled with God beside a brook at Peniel, where pain was inflicted but blessing restored (32:22-32). This last vision affirmed that it was the right thing to join his son Joseph in Egypt, knowing that God’s presence would go with him and his family. Joseph’s welcome and his diplomatic wisdom on how to approach their new situation in a strange land made the reunion complete.
Reflect on something God has promised you (or you prayed for) that has yet to be fulfilled, and then resolve to wait on him patiently and expectantly.
Lord Jesus, I acknowledge You as the Way, the Truth, and the Life. May my life reflect Your presence in me today.
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