Scripture to Read: Genesis 42:26-43:25
Yesterday, we read how Jacob (Israel) did not send Benjamin on the journey with his other sons as he feared losing him. Jacob's (Israel's) fear became real as Jacob's sons, once back home, informed him that they were commanded to bring Benjamin back with them to Egypt. Israel's sons had their moment of fear, too, as they found their money back in their sacks and asked each other, "What is this that God has done to us?" (Genesis 42:28). As Israel's sons shared the news of what happened on their journey, Israel got distressed (Genesis 42:29-35). Israel cried aloud, "You have bereaved me of my children: Joseph is no more, and Simeon is no more, and now you would take Benjamin. All this has come against me" (Genesis 42:36). Finally, Jacob (Israel) realizes that Benjamin must go to Egypt with his brothers. Israel encourages his sons to take gifts and to return and give their money back. Israel sends them off looking to the mercy of God (Genesis 43:14). Israel's response shows us that he knows he must trust in God alone to care for all his sons. Israel knows there is no promise that he will receive his sons back; he rests in the mercy of God. The sons of Jacob (Israel) find upon their return to Egypt a word of peace from Joseph and treasure from the Lord. As we trust in the mercy of God, we find peace and treasure from our Lord even amid fear because we worship a God who is working all things together for good to those who love Him (Romans 8:28-29).
Challenge & Application
1. What does God teach us about how Jacob (Israel) faced his fear with faith?
2. Find a Bible verse on the mercy of God to meditate on the next time you are tempted to fear.
Don’t forget to pray using the A.C.T.S. (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication) method!