1/15 | Highlights & Insights from the Word
January 15, 2021
Yesterday, I read Genesis 42 in my Historical Bible Reading Plan. (I'm using the NET Bible translation for personal reading this year).
This reading told about Joseph in Egypt, Pharaoh's dreams, and the severe famine. As I read verse 36, Jacob is responding to more bad news. The last phrase jumped out at me. Read Jacob's words for yourself:
42:36 Their father Jacob said to them, “You are making me childless! Joseph is gone. Simeon is gone. And now you want to take Benjamin! Everything is against me.”
Can you identify with that last statement? Jacob's weariness and sorrow are palpable as they leap off the page in his cry: "Everything is against me."
We've all thrown up our hands and said that at times, haven't we? There is little that can be said or done to cheer a person up who has reached that conclusion. It is truly depressing. And we've all been there.
As I shared this highlight on social media last night, I began to receive responses. (While many people are leaving social media, I believe we should stay and proclaim God's Word as long as we can).
I found that phrase struck a nerve. Friends and family members living across several cities, with different jobs and life circumstances all found common ground with that same sentiment: "Everything is against me."
But here is an insight worth considering:
I kept reading. And as I kept reading, I read God's story that told how Jacob saying, "everything is against him" was actually God working to preserve him. He just didn't know it at the time.
Give some serious attention to this insight, and let the Spirit apply it as He will. Perhaps the Lord will lead you or someone else to be encouraged with greater faith in God today?
If the Lord speaks to you through this highlight & insight, and gives you an application or testimony, share it in the comments below so that we all will be benefited together.
With love in Jesus,
P.S. - "If God is for us, who can be ________?" (fill in the blank from Romans 8:31!)