THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14
SCRIPTURE: Genesis 43
As the narrative continues, the story is about to take an important turn. It is interesting to me that although Simeon had been left in Egypt, no one seemed to be to concerned about him or about going back to get him. They just ate up all the food they brought from Egypt. And when the decision to go back to Egypt for more food, the issue of Simeon being held there and Benjamin having to be taken there suddenly came to forefront.
I would love to just jump all of those guys for that. But reality has a way of calming us down. There is something about the way that most of us humans are wired that causes to put off the big, tough, difficult decisions until we are in a place that a decision just has to be made.
There is almost always wisdom in thinking through important decisions. But procrastination is seldom a virtue. If a decision is inevitable, the best approach is almost always to decide. And, honestly, it is often better to decide now than later.
There is another very common but not good thing that happens in this chapter. It begins in verse 11. Jacob/Israel finally developed his plan for the boys to follow when they got back to Egypt. But it is not until he communicates the plan that he invokes God.
I won’t say I haven’t done the very same thing. In fact, I have done that. Many times. Too many times. But it really is backwards isn’t it? In the face of a significant decision, we should approach God for wisdom and direction. He is much more prone to bless His plans than He is to bless our plans. Just saying…
One last thing for you to think about today. At the end of verse 14 Jacob/Israel says, “If I am bereaved of my children, I am bereaved.”
As Christ followers we need to have faith in God. We need to trust God. We need to be pliable to move in the direction that God wants us to go. But we shouldn’t be fatalistic. Fatalism almost always extinguishes our faith. Although Jacob/Israel had a long history of God doing some pretty amazing stuff in his life, he sounds ready to give up and give in.
As Christ followers we should move forward, trusting a Sovereign God to do what only He can do, what He knows needs to be done. But in almost every instance, He chooses to work through folks like us. So, even in the darkest, most difficult times we can be assured that God is at work, that He hasn’t forsaken us, and that we have a place in His plan. Let us live in faith that pleases God.