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October 18, 2020 | Doug Sauder
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“All the persons who went with Jacob to Egypt, who came from his body . . .”—Genesis 46:26 (NKJV)
Those unmarked miles between what lay behind and what lay ahead must have been incredibly challenging for Jacob and his family. As they put one foot in front of the other, they knew what life would no longer be like without knowing what it now would be like.
The road was rough, but it eventually came to an end as they approached their new homeland in Egypt, Goshen. And what awaited was much more than a new plot of land: “So Joseph made ready his chariot and went up to Goshen to meet his father Israel; and he presented himself to him, and fell on his neck and wept on his neck a good while. And Israel said to Joseph, ‘Now let me die, since I have seen your face, because you are still alive’” (Genesis 46:29-30 NKJV).
When you know the context of this scene, the story of how Joseph was sold into slavery twenty-two years ago, and with Jacob believing most of that time that his son was dead and gone, you can’t help but be touched with emotion. This was a real-life resurrection moment for Jacob; what once had been dead was now alive and holding him in the deepest embrace!
God brought what seemed to be dead back to life—and that’s what He will do for us because that’s what the Lord does. How often can we attest that He’s has done something similar in our lives when it comes to a situation, a hope, or a dream?
He plants something in our heart and we anxiously await its fulfillment. But as time goes on, its realization appears to only drift farther and farther away from us until it seems completely out of our reach. It seems dead.
It’s important that we understand God’s purpose in this isn’t to simply frustrate us by not fulfilling these things. That’s not His motivation. But He allows them to die so we can see His resurrecting power at work in our lives. He wants to bless us, He wants to bring these things to fruition, but He wants us to know that He is responsible for it all—not us! Only a resurrecting God can do that when something has died.
If you feel that something the Lord has planted in your heart has died, take courage. It could be that He’s only allowing this so He can bring it back to life and so you can know, praise, and glorify Him for all He is.
DIG: What was the deeper significance of Jacob’s reunion with Joseph?
DISCOVER: Why does God allow certain things to die in our lives?
DO: Spend some time reflecting on how we should know, praise, and glorify God.