With faith, the bonds of family (by blood or by Spirit) can overcome struggle.
Pray The Word and Prepare for The Word
Psalm 119: 81 I am worn out waiting for your rescue, but I have put my hope in your word. 82 My eyes are straining to see your promises come true. When will you comfort me? 83 I am shriveled like a wineskin in the smoke, but I have not forgotten to obey your decrees. 84 How long must I wait?
Read - Genesis 45-46 -
The years and tears that Joseph had lived in Egypt had transformed his appearance so much that his brothers didn’t even recognize him. Plus, they thought he was likely dead because of their treatment of him. Imagine their shock to realize he was alive and well and in a position great authority over Egypt and over them. Have you ever had a reunion with someone after a season of time and been shocked by the transformation?
God appears to Israel/Jacob and tells him to go to Egypt. Why? This was his plan to save the fledgling nation of Israel from famine and incubate them into numeric health. At this time there were only 70 people in this group that would be God’s chosen instrument to bring forth Jesus Messiah.
Lord, help me to transform spiritually as Joseph transformed physically…so that someone who hasn’t seen me in years might not recognize the changes to my heart and spirit…
Fast forward to Exodus Chapter 1 to see the growth of the Nation in the years they would stay in Egypt.
The perspective of Genesis 45:5-6 is a beautiful example of knowing God’s Will…even when that Will doesn’t seem good for us. Joseph sees that his troubles in life were gaining help for others. He could easily have been misled by the enemy to feel slighted or to be angry with God…yet he saw the bigger picture. For Joseph to willingly ‘Serve’ God with this type of obedience, he had to Love Him and Trust His Plan even if he couldn’t fully see or understand it. This means Joseph had to Know God well. That is the same challenge for us!