Today’s Reading: Genesis 45-46:12
The secret is out. Joseph has revealed his true identity to his brothers as well as his desire to provide for them and their father. he sends his brothers back to his father with the good news that the son he believed to be dead was, in fact, alive. Joseph’s instructions are to bring everyone to Egypt where they can be cared for. They pack up everything and begin their journey to Egypt. However, when they make it to Beersheba, a town along the way to Egypt, they stop. In a moment of what must have been apprehension, God appears to Jacob in a dream and says,
I am God, the God of your father. Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for there I will make you into a great nation. I myself will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also bring you up again, and Joseph’s hand shall close your eyes. – Genesis 46:3-4 (ESV)
This promise relieves all fear and Jacob moves to Egypt. The rest of the story will play out in the coming chapters, however the point to capture today is the source of Jacob’s comfort and confidence. God promised to go with him.
I am reminded this morning of the reality of God’s presence in my own life. As a child of God through faith in Jesus Christ, I have the promise of God’s Word that helps me see that God is always with me. When I walk in His ways, I know there is nothing to fear. His plans are better than anything I can create for myself. Wherever I go, whatever I face, I can know without doubt or wavering that the God of all creation is with me and loves me. May this create a confidence and trust in me that leads to God’s greater work in and through me, my family, and my ministry.
I remember hearing the phrase, “risk is right” used in connection to a philosophy for life. The point is to drive you to live a life of risk understanding that great risk can possibly equal great reward. In relationship, in business, and life in general, many adopt this philosophy. However, based upon the overarching promise of God’s presence and sovereign work in the life of a person who trusts in Him, it appears that risk no longer exists. There is no risk in following the directives given by our sovereign and loving God, for He is with us. So, in the eyes of the world, following God is a huge risk, but in light of truth, indeed, “risk is right.”
Rest in Jesus