If I Am Bereaved, then I am Bereaved–Genesis 43 Part 2

Letting go is incredibly difficult. We gain a picture of what life is going to be; then when circumstances change, we are faced with the unenviable task of clinging to our picture of life or letting go and trusting God to lead us through his picture.  Israel, never imagined he would lose his son Joseph.  Now after years of realigning his picture of family, he is asked to let go of Benjamin as well.  For Israel, this was the ultimate step of faith. he was the last son of Rachel–the love of his life.  Now, she was gone, Joseph was gone and his family was starving.  He had to let Benjamin go–no matter the cost.

In our lives, we have our picture altered as well.  Life intervenes and we are often completely devastated by the result.  When it happens, though, we have to trust the Lord to recast and repaint the picture to follow his plan for our lives. Admittedly, the ability to accept God’s plan is both difficult and scary.  We, like Israel, have to release our hold and also say, “If I am bereaved, then I am bereaved.”  When we reach this point in our journey, God will be able to work his plan in our lives and lead us to the place where we are in his will.  That point, scary as it may be, is the best place in the entire world.  Help me, Lord to reach that level of faith in my life.

God Bless You

Then Judah said to Israel his father, “Send the boy along with me and we will go at once, so that we and you and our children may live and not die. I myself will guarantee his safety; you can hold me personally responsible for him. If I do not bring him back to you and set him here before you, I will bear the blame before you all my life. 10 As it is, if we had not delayed, we could have gone and returned twice.”

11 Then their father Israel said to them, “If it must be, then do this: Put some of the best products of the land in your bags and take them down to the man as a gift—a little balm and a little honey, some spices and myrrh, some pistachio nuts and almonds. 12 Take double the amount of silver with you, for you must return the silver that was put back into the mouths of your sacks. Perhaps it was a mistake. 13 Take your brother also and go back to the man at once. 14 And may God Almighty[a] grant you mercy before the man so that he will let your other brother and Benjamin come back with you. As for me, if I am bereaved, I am bereaved.”