Saturday Reflection- 21 September 2019
“Then he said, “I am God, the God of your father; do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make of you a great nation there. I myself will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also bring you up again;” Genesis 46:3,4
Have you ever needed to make a great new move? A new assignment or school, a new workplace or you had to move to a new community, parish or country. It may not be a move in terms of residence or workplace, but a change out of the familiar to the unfamiliar.
If this is true, we find ourselves standing like Jacob in Genesis 46 as he was to move his entire family to Egypt. Jacob’s son Joseph had become prominent in Egypt and after he revealed himself to his brothers and instructs them to inform their family that he was contrary to former belief, very much alive and doing well in Egypt. And since there was a famine in their homeland, Joseph invites them to join him in Egypt.
So God reminds Jacob of who he is, the God of your father, and would cause him to recall the many times that God had been there for him, for his family. The same is true, that God is still God, the one who never changes and he reminds us of the many times we’ve come at the impasse and God “parted the Red Sea” for us. He reminds us of the many times, that he has led us, our families and blessed us and promises that he’s the same God and will do it again. So God comforted Jacob and said “do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make of you a great nation there.” For surely where God is comforting us, in the same way, he will be with us and will bless us. Jacob’s name was changed to Israel, which represents the mighty nation, God’s chosen people, of the promise that had been made to his grandfather Abraham. So we know that God is a keeper of promises.
God encourages Jacob in the same way he encourages us, we do not have to be afraid. Because walking before us and with us is our great Jehovah. He clears the path and leads us to the promised land. We need not fear, the journey, the challenges of uncooperative people, red flags, hurdles on top of hurdles, because we serve a God who parted the Red Sea, and made the walls of Jericho come tumbling down.
We can rest assured that God sees our insecurities and will employ his never-failing promise, unmatched comfort and strength and his ever-guiding presence. Jacob did not know everything about Egypt, and was concerned of his old age and the journey and what it would mean for his future generations. We may not only also be fearful, but concerned as Jacob was, of the journey, and the future of his family, but God had thought about this as well, and we are assured that he has everything in control and all we have to do is to trust him. And when we do, he will bless us abundantly, even as Jacob as he promises to make from him, a great nation. We listen to his call, and according to today’s doctrinal text “… lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight the path for your feet.” (Hebrews 12:12-13)
Until next week, be comforted in the fact that if God leads us to it, he will lead us through it. So we need not fear but follow him without a murmur and he will lead us to green pastures and living waters, and even to eternal life.
Dominic J. Blair