I think Israel said it best–“What are you just standing around for–go get some food.” After 20 years of moving on and building lives without Joseph, the family of Israel was in true crisis. They were out of food, no crops, starving animals and no unity. So, with that in place, all the brothers, (Except for Benjamin) left for Egypt. Israel had no intention of parting with his youngest son and only surviving son from Rachel. Still, he knew they had to push through; face the trial and live.
It was apparent that his days of leading, while not over were now being adopted by the sons. He was not inspired as he once was–God seemingly had taken away his inspiration by taking Rachel and Joseph. Yet, he was still the father of a people, and that people must survive.
In our lives, we too are often faced with difficult trials and times that seem to strip us of our inspiration. We become so overwhelmed–that, while we continue to function, we lose the vision and direction that God provides. In those times, God teaches us to watch even more closely.
He is always at work to execute his plan and prepare, protect ad provide for us in ways we would never imagine, hope or dream. If we can push through our pain, our fear and our skepticism–then we might catch a glimpse of the plan, the grace and the glory that God provides–We may even see the restoration of what we believe we have lost.
God Bless You
When Jacob learned that there was grain in Egypt, he said to his sons, “Why do you just keep looking at each other?”
He continued, “I have heard that there is grain in Egypt. Go down there and buy some for us, so that we may live and not die.”
Then ten of Joseph’s brothers went down to buy grain from Egypt.
But Jacob did not send Benjamin, Joseph’s brother, with the others, because he was afraid that harm might come to him.
So Israel’s sons were among those who went to buy grain, for there was famine in the land of Canaan also.
Now Joseph was the governor of the land, the person who sold grain to all its people. So when Joseph’s brothers arrived, they bowed down to him with their faces to the ground.
As soon as Joseph saw his brothers, he recognized them, but he pretended to be a stranger and spoke harshly to them. “Where do you come from?” he asked. “From the land of Canaan,” they replied, “to buy food.”