3 So He said, “I am God, the God of your father; do not fear to go down to Egypt, for I will make of you a great nation there.
As I think about the journey to Egypt resulting in 400 years of captivity, some of which was cruel oppression, I think about how God used it to grow a nation, to grow His people. Isn’t this what God does in the lives of His people today? He uses difficulties to grow and strengthen our faith. The challenge is staying out of the way and letting Him do it, trusting that the end result will be a good thing.
29 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.
No doubt this had to be a most incredible reunion. Seventeen years away from his father, Jacob thinking all along that Joseph was dead. This is what it will be like when we are reunited in heaven with our loved ones who have passed before us.
19 Why should we die before your eyes, both we and our land? Buy us and our land for bread, and we and our land will be servants of Pharaoh; give us seed, that we may live and not die, that the land may not be desolate.”
It is good to be reminded that we mustn’t put a lot of stock in the material things of this world. When a person is hungry, suddenly all the other things we have don’t really seem to matter all that much. How fortunate we are to live in such a prosperous nation, so much so that we never have to worry about going hungry. I pray that I never take this for granted and thereby fall into grumbling about what I don’t have. Lord, thank You for Your daily provisions.
18 And Joseph said to his father, “Not so, my father, for this one is the firstborn; put your right hand on his head.”
There are plenty of times in our walks with the Lord that we can get our hands in the way of what the Lord wants to do. We must fight this temptation with everything we have. He knows what He is doing and our meddling will only mess things up.