Good morning y’all. Happy Monday :). Today we are looking at Chapter 46 of Genesis. In this chapter, Jacob and his family start their journey to Egypt; Jacob stops to offer sacrifice to God; God reassures him of his presence with him as he journeys to Egypt and Joseph meets his father at Goshen.
Be blessed 🙂
We need to be willing to take risks in order to get to the place God has for us. In verse 1, we see Jacob pack up his family to leave for Egypt. Egypt for Jacob, was unknown territory. I’m sure he must have been afraid of leaving certainty for uncertainty. Jacob stepped out despite the fear and doubt that must have been going through his mind. Often times, following God’s plan includes stepping out in faith and taking a risk
We need to be thankful even on our way to where God has promised us. The latter part of verse 1 says “he offered sacrifices to the God of his father; Isaac”. That is, Jacob stopped on his way to thank God. He didnt wait to get to Egypt before offering thanks. No, he offered thanks while he was still on his way.
Are we waiting for the promise to come before we start thanking God? If we are not thankful now, when the promise comes we still won’t be thankful. We need to cultivate the habit of thanksgiving. 1thessalonians 5:18 tells us to give thanks in all situation for this is the will of God for us
I also believe part of offering the sacrifice was to seek Gods face regards his joruney to Egypt. Jacob wanted to make sure this was Gods will for him. He didn’t want to go without God.
Do we seek Gods guidance before making decisions. Some of us make those decisions based on the flesh. We are easily swayed by what we see, forgetting that just because it looks enticing and good doesnt necessarily mean that’s what God wants for us. It’s important we ask God for direction and guidance before making decisions. Proverbs 3: 5-6 tells us not to lean on our own understanding but in all our ways acknowledge God and He will direct our path.
God honours the faith of his people. God met Jacob later that night and spoke to him in a vision. God reassured him of his presence with him. Let’s see what God told him in verse 3 and 4.
“I am God, the God of your father,” the voice said. “Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for there I will make your family into a great nation. I will go with you down to Egypt, and I will bring you back again. You will die in Egypt, but Joseph will be with you to close your eyes.” (Genesis 46:3-4 NLT)
a) I am God, the God of your father – God affirms who He is. He tells Jacob I am the same God your fathers worshipped. That is, reminding Jacob of the fact that he hasn’t changed neither will He ever change.
b) Don’t be afraid to go down to Egypt – Egypt was unknown territory for Jacob; it was a foreign land. It’s only natural for him to be afraid and unsure of what lies on the other side. God was reassuring Jacob that he is in the right path and need not be afraid to go down. When we include God in our plans, He will assure of us of where he is taking us.
c) For there I will make your family into a great nation – God again reaffirming the covenant he made to Abraham and also to Isaac (see Genesis 12:2; 13:16; 22:17; 26:4; 28:14-15 ). God effectively here was reminding Jacob that He had not forgotten what He told his father’s. Gods word always come to pass.
d) I will go down with you – God is just too amazing!!! Here the creator of the universe is saying to Jacob, I will go down with you; My presence will be with you. What else does Jacob need when he has the presence of the One who owns it all; the One who speaks and even the storms obey him.
The presence of God is all we need. Once we have his presence there is nothing the enemy or any man can do to stop or hinder us. Moses when they were about to leave Egypt back to Cannan told God that if His presence will not go with them, they were not going to leave. If God is not in it, don’t go!
e) I will bring you back again- God again confirming the promise he told Abraham in Genesis 15:13-14; that his people will be foreigners in a foreign land for years but He will bring them back. Gods word never fails. If God says it, He surely will do it.
f) You will die in Egypt, but Joseph will be with you to close your eyes – Jacobs desire was to see his son again before he died and here God was telling him he will grant that desire. Psalms 37:4 tells us if we delight ourselves in God, He will give us the desires of our hearts.
Let’s make sure we include God in our decisions and don’t step out until He tells us to. Stepping outside of God’s will leaves us exposed and vulnerable.
Dear Lord we thank you for today..Thank you for reassuring us again that you care for us. Today we ask for the grace to obey and step out of our comfort zone as we feel you nudging our spirits that it’s time to step out. Give us the grace to be thankful at all times both in good and bad times. Lord for as many of us that are weary and afraid, I ask that your Holy Spirit will comfort and encourage us, you will give us an assurance of your presence. Give us a word we can hold onto as we go through this phase. Thank you Lord. We love you. In Jesus Name. Amen
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Have a blessed day and remember God is the same yesterday, today and forever 🙂
***With God all things are possible***