The reading for today is Genesis 46:1-4, KJV.
1) "And Israel took his journey with all that he had, and came to Beersheba, and offered sacrifices unto the God of his father Isaac.
2) And God spake unto Israel in the visions of the night, and said, Jacob, Jacob. And he said, Here am I.
3) And he said I am God, the God of thy father: fear not to go down into Egypt; for I will there make of thee a great nation.
4) I will go down with thee into Egypt; and I will also surely bring thee up again: and Joseph shall put his hand upon thine eyes."
So, if you had a dream in which God told you to pack up your family and your belongings and move to Egypt, would you go? If you had a child who lived in Egypt and you wanted to see him before you died, would that influence your decision?
Jacob was afraid, but trusted God, as did his father, Isaac. On his way to Egypt, he stopped at Beersheba to offer sacrifices, just as his father and grandfather Abraham had done -- no doubt in the very same place. As God promised, Jacob saw his son Joseph, who cared for him until Jacob died. As God promised, He brought Jacob's descendants, which became many in Egypt, back to the Promised Land, although Jacob would not live to see that. God does not break His promises.
What faith! What trust! All Jacob had to do was follow God's instructions. Simple. Not easy. We as Christians are called upon to do exactly the same thing. Just like a project that requires assembly, we need to follow the instructions. Fortunately, we have a very large book of instructions called the Bible. (Best Information Before Leaving Earth.) As we assemble our thoughts, our actions, our very lives. we would be well advised to read the instructions God gave us and follow them.
Loyal and loving Lord, grant us wisdom and discernment as we try to make sense of a world that has become so different from what we've known before. Like Jacob, we are like strangers in a strange land today, and need your guidance more than ever. Lead us, please, so that we can be a light to pierce the darkness another may be engulfed in. In the name of your son, Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.
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Prayer Concern: Those who feel distanced from family, friends, and God. Bless those who are trying to find their ways to Him.