What Jacob said:

…,“I will go down to Sheol (the place of the dead) in mourning for my son.” And his father wept for him. (Genesis 37:35 AMP)

What God said:

I will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also surely bring you (your people) up again; and Joseph will put his hand on your eyes [to close them at the time of your death].” (Genesis 46:4 AMP)

In these verses there is a comparison of what Jacob said and what God said. Having in mind that out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks, we are going to examine both utterances. Jacob’s words were no doubt uttered in bitter sorrow while mourning his precious son’s alleged death. His heart was full of fear, I can’t imagine his physical reaction upon receiving his son’s tunic. No wonder, he jumped into conclusion about the cause of his son’s alleged death. He prophesied doom and gloom upon his future, saying that it will be full of sorrow and mourning for his son Joseph, until the day his dies.

Indeed, this was a dark time in Jacob’s life. What we can draw from this is that we should always cast our cares before God and not trust our emotions. We should never make negative statements about our future, based on an emotion and without even talking to the Lord about it. Remember Romans 3:4, Let God be true, and every person be found a liar.

In contrast, God later on, addresses Jacob and He speaks over His future, God sends him to Egypt during the severe famine to get refuge from his son, Joseph, the one whom he thought had died. The Lord promises to bring his people up again, He literally prophesied that his descendants would multiply and the famous exodus of the Israelites from Egypt.

As if that was not enough blessings, our good good Father promised him that instead of mourning of his son’s demise until the time of his death, Joseph will put his hand on Israel’s eyes [to close them at the time of your death]. How loving is our heavenly Father, He indeed is love. He turned Jacob’s valley of trouble into a gateway of hope and He did it in abundance of blessing not only for Jacob but for his descendants too.

Do you have any valley of trouble that causes pain and so much sorrow?? Well, I want to encourage you today whether you envisioned it like Jacob or it is a true reality for you, the valley, the trouble and pain. God loves you so much and just like Jacob, He will not only turn your valley of trouble into a gateway of hope, but He will do it in an abundant way that you will be blessed to be an overflowing blessing changing others lives for the glory of King Jesus Christ.

Meditate on:
Hosea 2:15

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