Israel said to Joseph, “I never expected to see your face, but see, God has shown me your children as well.” Genesis 48:11
Have you ever lost sonething or someone so precious to you that could never be replaced that your life changed dramatically because of it. Maybe a person you loved dearly, a pet, hope of a dream, faith or trust in someone. Im sure some of us can relate to this, if you cannot, we live in a fallen world and don’t be so surprised if you soon relate with the bitter feeling of lost hope because of something or someone you love is forever lost. This feeling is as a result of love.
Fortunately for us, Jacob went through this and God is so kind to us that He captured it in His word to us in order to equip us when we encounter this. Jacob had several sons from his two wives and their maid servants. But among all his sons he loved Joseph the most. Joseph was the firstborn from his favourite wife Rachel and the apple of his eye.
This story is a shadow of how the our Heavenly Father loves His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ from whom grace and truth comes from. Jacob represents God the Father, Rachel represents the covenant of grace that come through Christ Jesus, it is in this covenant that those who believe in Christ are saved and Joseph represents Christ Jesus. Joseph save the ancient world from famine just like through Christ Jesus finished work at the cross we are saved.
When Jacob lost Joseph it broke his heart infact he vowed to mourn for his death until the day he dies.
Then all his sons and daughters attempted to console him, but he refused to be comforted and 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)
Jacob never had any hope to see Joseph infact he did not believe that he was alive. But the God he served, who is now our Father is so good and gracious that He not only assured Jacob will be with him at the time of his death and that he will put his hand on his eyes to close them at the time of his death. This promise prophesies the restoration of the relationship that was lost between the Father Jacob and his Son Joseph.
“Jacob, Jacob!” And he said, “Here I am.” And He said, “I am God, the God of your father; do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make you (your descendants) a great nation there. 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].”
Infact one thing we can learn from our Heavenly Father is that He is not only faithful to His word but He also over delivers on what He promised. He is El Shaddai the God of plenty and overflow. He is the God of Ephesians 3:20. He ptomised a restoration of the lost relationship but the Lord not only delivered on His promise he also enabled Jacob to meet his grandchildren and Jacob even adopted them. This means they form part of the 12 tribes of Israel.
Beloved, I want to encourage you today that no matter what or who you lost there is hope in Christ Jesus our Lord Lord because through Him our God supplies gor all our needs according to His riches in glory in Christ. From today’s devotion we can put all our hope in the character of the Lord knowing that He is a God of restoration and He is faithful. The best part of it, is that He is El Shaddai the God of plenty, outweighs our best dream and blesses us beyond our expectations. Do dare to trust Him and believe in Him.