Their father Jacob said to them, “You have deprived me of my children, Joseph is no more and Simeon is no more, and now you want to take Benjamin. Everything is against me!” Genesis 42:36
Things are not always as they seem. Life and situations can be extremely discouraging and taxing to us and even when we think we know the whole story, there’s always something more going on.
Jacob, one of the patriarchs of our faith was lamenting the loss of two of his sons and expressing his fear of losing a third son, Benjamin. With what he knew about the situation, things looked bleak. He cried out, “Everything is against me!”
Don’t we at times feel this way too? I know I do. From what I know of the situation things seem to be against me. I allow circumstances to discourage me and steal my joy in the Lord and in my every day life. But for believers, there is always a bigger picture going on. We have a Heavenly Father that loves us and is constantly working behind the scenes for our good and for the good of all people.
Jacob thought his son Joseph had been killed by wild animals, when in reality Joseph was alive and well and had risen to the second highest position of power in Egypt.
Jacob thought his son Simeon was dead also, killed by the hands of the Egyptians. But he was not, he was alive and being held in prison, waiting for his brother’s return.
Jacob thought because of the terrible drought in the country, their family might perish along with hundreds of others. However, God had a plan to save people, by storing grain through years of plenty so the people would have food through the years of drought.
Things are not always as they seem.
Be encouraged, God is always at work in our lives, and in the lives of our loved ones. God is moving hearts, growing us in maturity and constantly seeking to save the lost.
Proverbs 3:5. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for loving us so well, that we always have hope through Jesus Christ our Lord. We can trust You to always be working things out for our good. Even when we can’t see it or understand the situation. We love you Lord. Amen.