Often, we misread what God is doing in our lives. In the midst of our deliverance, we feel punished, abandoned and alone. God’s preparation and refinement are construed as some sort of punishment and rejection. Israel—the man, stands before his sons and truly believes God has stacked up the circumstances against him. From his perspective he has lost two of his sons, he is in the midst of a worldwide famine and now the foreign leader wants a third son—what more does He have to give. The reality was—Israel was about to receive a blessing of a lifetime. He was about to receive his dead son back. He was to live out his life in the choicest lands in the world.
It is easy to focus on circumstances and miss God. The enemy and the world try to distract us and render us useless in our walk with God. That is why Jesus said, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. Then all these things will be added to you.” Matt 6:33. In the midst of trial and temptation, we have to seek God and his righteousness. We have to dwell on who he is and who we are in Christ. Then, even in the most difficult trials, we won’t miss God’s provision and protection in our lives. God was about to reveal to the entire family his plan and his fulfillment of prophecy. Help me Lord, to focus on you and not on my circumstance.
God Bless You
33 “Then the man who is lord over the land said to us, ‘This is how I will know whether you are honest men: Leave one of your brothers here with me, and take food for your starving households and go. 34 But bring your youngest brother to me so I will know that you are not spies but honest men. Then I will give your brother back to you, and you can trade[a] in the land.’”
35 As they were emptying their sacks, there in each man’s sack was his pouch of silver! When they and their father saw the money pouches, they were frightened. 36 Their father Jacob said to them, “You have deprived me of my children. Joseph is no more and Simeon is no more, and now you want to take Benjamin. Everything is against me!”
37 Then Reuben said to his father, “You may put both of my sons to death if I do not bring him back to you. Entrust him to my care, and I will bring him back.”
38 But Jacob said, “My son will not go down there with you; his brother is dead and he is the only one left. If harm comes to him on the journey you are taking, you will bring my gray head down to the grave in sorrow.”