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It had to be a lot to take in. Jacob had spent decades reeling from the loss of his beloved Joseph.  The bitterness and guilt had transformed the man that wrestled God into a skeptical and broken man.  But, now in the midst of the famine and the loss of another son, Jacob is given the news–Your son is alive and the leader in Egypt. So, Israel needed something–anything, to help him process this bombshell. God did something he had not done in more than 20 years–He talked to his chosen leader.

The words were the words of a dad.  “It is OK, I will care for you and I will make sure that the son you thought you lost will be the last thing you see before you come and join me. There was no, “I told ya so’s”  There was no judgment–there was simply God and Jacob together again after a long silence. After hearing from God, Israel was ready for anything.

In our journey, we can also go through periods where God is silent.  We become bitter and confused and struggle with our very faith. We are not ready to hear from God and even if he spoke–we may not realize it. When we are ready, however, when we let the bitterness go and follow him again–he is ready to once again reveal himself to us.  It could be subtle–or it could be a direct word, but there is no doubt about his voice! He won’t judge or chastise–So listen and look and see what he may reveal.

God Bless You

And God spoke to Israel in a vision at night and said, “Jacob! Jacob!”

“Here I am,” he replied.

“I am God, the God of your father,” he said. “Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make you into a great nation there. I will go down to Egypt with you, and I will surely bring you back again. And Joseph’s own hand will close your eyes.”

Then Jacob left Beersheba, and Israel’s sons took their father Jacob and their children and their wives in the carts that Pharaoh had sent to transport him.