Imagine, what it would be like if you could erase your biggest heartbreak. If the thing that haunted you everyday would suddenly no longer exist–That is what happened to Israel. Since Joseph had been taken from him some twenty years before, he had not had the will to live, much less the will to lead. Sure, he did life–put one foot in front of the other; but, when his son died, in a way so did he.
Then, as he looked at his dwindling fortune, famine in the land, all of his sons in Egypt, and Benjamin gone with no promise of return–his life seemed unbearable. In the midst of his grief, up rolls the boys– with grain, carts, treasure and with Benjamin. Such relief and joy–then the bombshell.
Joseph was alive…His greatest heartbreak erased in a second. Jacob was stunned, wary, confused and overjoyed all at once. His son was alive and ruler of Egypt.
In our lives, like Jacob’s, God continues to execute his plan. As difficult as the journey may seem, if we remain faithful–God will bring us through this part and into the blessings he has prepared for us. He will wipe away our tears as we stand before him. He will erase our greatest heartbreak. In the meanwhile, we can never give up on God; nor, can we ever give in to the enemies lies and temptations. We must cling to the promise he gave to Jeremiah, “I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. Plans to prosper you–not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11. Stay faithful, stay focused and he will set your path straight.
God Bless You
So the sons of Israel did this. Joseph gave them carts, as Pharaoh had commanded, and he also gave them provisions for their journey. 22 To each of them he gave new clothing, but to Benjamin he gave three hundred shekels[b] of silver and five sets of clothes. 23 And this is what he sent to his father: ten donkeys loaded with the best things of Egypt, and ten female donkeys loaded with grain and bread and other provisions for his journey. 24 Then he sent his brothers away, and as they were leaving he said to them, “Don’t quarrel on the way!”25 So they went up out of Egypt and came to their father Jacob in the land of Canaan. 26 They told him, “Joseph is still alive! In fact, he is ruler of all Egypt.” Jacob was stunned; he did not believe them. 27 But when they told him everything Joseph had said to them, and when he saw the carts Joseph had sent to carry him back, the spirit of their father Jacob revived. 28 And Israel said, “I’m convinced! My son Joseph is still alive. I will go and see him before I die.”