It was finally happening. Israel and all his family were going to Egypt. Israel would see Joseph for the 1st time in 20 years. As the pain was fading, Israel’s recognition and dependence upon God returned and at Beersheba–he did something he had not done in a long time–he offered sacrifices to God. It was no small thing, and God met him there. God personally took Israel aside to reassure him that this plan was moving forward as he intended.
In those moments, Israel had to feel completely content. He knew that God had done all that he promised to do; and was preserving his family for generations to come. Then, the moment when father and son reunited–the greatest moment in this man’s life. The two men hugged and wept for what must have seemed hours. Together again after all that they had endured.
It is in those moments, we have to continue to stake our faith in God–the author and creator of our story. We realize that life is tough, but, we carry on–knowing that God does work his plan to the end. When we grasp that concept, we can then trust His leadership and continue to focus upon His grace and plan. Then, at moments when we least expect, God reveals himself. He shows us that He will care for us and will never forsake us. That is why we must trust him–now and forever!
God Bless You
“Here I am,” he replied.
3 “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. 4 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.”
5 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. 6 So Jacob and all his offspring went to Egypt, taking with them their livestock and the possessions they had acquired in Canaan. 7 Jacob brought with him to Egypt his sons and grandsons and his daughters and granddaughters—all his offspring…All those who went to Egypt with Jacob—those who were his direct descendants, not counting his sons’ wives—numbered sixty-six persons. 27 With the two sons[f] who had been born to Joseph in Egypt, the members of Jacob’s family, which went to Egypt, were seventy[g] in all.
28 Now Jacob sent Judah ahead of him to Joseph to get directions to Goshen. When they arrived in the region of Goshen, 29 Joseph had his chariot made ready and went to Goshen to meet his father Israel. As soon as Joseph appeared before him, he threw his arms around his father[h] and wept for a long time.
30 Israel said to Joseph, “Now I am ready to die, since I have seen for myself that you are still alive.”