When they came to Jacob their father in the land of Canaan, they told him everything that had happened to them… Jacob their father said to them, “You have bereaved me [by causing the loss] of my children. Joseph is no more, and Simeon is no more, and you would take Benjamin [from me]. All these things are [working] against me.” Genesis 42:29, 36 (AMP)
Have you ever found yourself saying what Jacob told his sons? All these things are working against me. Not necessarily in the same way but with the heart. You look back at your past and all you see is the ordeal that transpired leaving you with untold pain, yet the same ordeal keeps repeating and it promises the same in the current future. There seem to be no hope, a broken spirit begins to manifest and finally from the abundance of the heart, one confesses the hopelessness they see.
Be in a loveless relationships in a marriage or in a family or somehow like Joseph tragedy seems to follow you, well, today I am here to encourage you that it is not as you see, infact, as long as you are a believer in Christ’s finished work at the cross, then we know that all things are working for our good. Whether it be good or bad occurrence everything is working together for our good.
Take for example in Jacob’s story, whenever lost Joseph, because he was sold into slavery by God’s design and the Lord raise him up as powerful ruler in Egypt to save his family’s life, Simeon on the other had was bound temporarily as insurance to compel his brother’s to return for him. Meanwhile Benjamin been Joseph’s true brother, he wanted to see him to know the man he turned out to be because he missed out on a relationship with him. You see, all things were working for good in Jacob’s favor he just didn’t see it. It’s almost like having a piece of puzzle, individually it’s odd, the colour is off and it looks as if it does not fit, but after connecting the whole puzzle pieces together, it form a beautiful picture. Oooh! And that one piece it falls in its stop flawlessly and everything begins to make perfect sense.
The bible records Israel (Prince) as Jacob because his lack of faith, he falls short of His calling the Prince God ordained him to be. I am posing challenge to you today, dare to trust in the Lord especially when it all feels off and tragic events are occurring causing you pain and sorrow. Child of God, dare to trust Him today and everyday, instead of complaining breakout in sing and praising Him. Bless His holy name habitually and testify of His goodness for despite our reality He is a good Father.
• Trust in the Lord with all your heart and rely not on your own understanding in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path. Proverbs 3:5