So ten of Joseph’s brothers went down to buy grain in Egypt. But Jacob did not send Benjamin, Joseph’s [younger] brother, with his brothers, for he said, “I am afraid that some harm or injury may come to him.” So the sons of Israel came [to Egypt] to buy grain along with the others who were coming, for famine was in the land of Canaan also. Genesis 42:3-5 (AMP)
Scared from the loss of his precious, most beloved son Joseph. Who was the firstborn from the love of his life, Rachel. Jacob was not willing to let Benjamin, Joseph’s younger brother go. This scene was too familiar for him. His eyes touched in pain as he still recalled bidding his precious Joseph goodbye as he left to see his brothers, little did he know that was the last time he saw his favourite son. But this time around, he “knew better” was not willing to let the same thing happen to his lastborn son Benjamin.
From today’s devotion we learn something so important, always choose faith over fear, never make any decisions based on fear or the past. It is undeniable that we encounter untold pain and severe sorrow. Tragedy occurs and we are left wounded and broken, unable to get over the pain and trauma. Most people result to making vows that the same thing will never happen to them again, they then begin to erect high walls within every relationship so as to protect themselves. Seeing everything through the lens of the tragedy that occurred to them, and making every decision based on that painful event that scared them.
Always choose faith over fear.
Never make any decisions based on fear.
Understand that what moves you, makes you and controls you. So take for example, Jacob he made a decision not to send Benjamin with his brothers to Egypt, this was based on the logic fear of losing him, like he did Joseph. He let fear move and control him instead of letting the Holy Spirit guiding him. In other words he choose faith over fear.
It is interesting to note that Jacob’s name meant supplanter. He was later named Israel meaning Prince, so every time the bible refers to him as “Israel”, he is walking in his calling as the Prince, while if he is referred to as “Jacob” it means he is not walking in his calling as the Prince God ordained him to be. In this case, he was referred to as Jacob and not Israel. Making decisions stemming from fear results in us falling short of our calling in life and deviating from the plan of God for our lives.
We should, instead, cast all of our cast to the Lord, because He cares for us. We should listen to His word, to build up faith in us because faith comes by hearing and hearing of the word of Christ. Let go, of all our fears and let God handle it, trust Him, He is good and loves you. Remember, all things work together for good for those who love the Lord and are called according to His purposes. If you’re a believer in Christ Jesus this includes you.
• What moves you, makes you and controls you.
• Let go, of all our fears and let God handle it.
• All things work together for good for those who love the Lord and are called for His purposes.