Then they took Joseph’s tunic, slaughtered a male goat and dipped the tunic in the blood; and they brought the multi-coloured tunic to their father, saying, “We have found this; please examine it and decide whether or not it is your son’s tunic.” He recognized it and said, “It is my son’s tunic. A wild animal has devoured him; Joseph is without doubt torn in pieces!” So Jacob tore his clothes [in grief], put on sackcloth and mourned many days for his son. Genesis 37: 31- 34 (AMP)
It is very interesting to note in this verses that although the brothers of Joseph planned to deceive their father that a wild animal devoured Joseph, they did not. Instead, we see that they asked their father to clarify whether or not the tunic belonged to Joseph. Afterwards Jacob jumps into conclusion reacting on what he saw.
He literally formulated a story to fit the evidence before eyes. He said that a wild animal has devoured him; Joseph is without doubt torn in pieces! He then went to mourn for his son’s death.
Notice that the Holy Spirit in this verse refers to him as Jacob which means the supplanter and not Israel which means the prince with God. We know that God wrestled with Jacob and thereafter God gave Him a new name, Israel and blessed him. Thereafter any time the bible refers to Him as Israel, it means he is walking in his God given destiny and anytime it refers to him as Jacob he has fallen short of his calling. At this moment he was Jacob and not Israel.
Instead of asking the Lord about his favourite son Joseph, he jumped into conclusion about his death and mourned for him. Imagine how different the story would have been if he just consulted with the LORD and casted his care concerning his son upon Him. Things could have been different. God would have revealed to him the truth, and He probably would have saved his son from slavery and saved himself for years of sorrow and mourning over a lie.
Beloved I encourage you today to cast your cares upon the LORD for He cares for you. Philippians 4:6-7 says Don’t be pulled in different directions or worried about a thing. Be saturated in prayer throughout each day, offering your faith-filled requests before God with overflowing gratitude. Tell him every detail of your life, 7 then God’s wonderful peace that transcends human understanding, will make the answers known to you through Jesus Christ.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.Philippians 4:6-7