Friday 15 January, 2016

Genesis 46:1-7

46 So Israel started out with everything that belonged to him. When he reached Beersheba, he offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac. 2 God spoke to Israel in a vision at night. “Jacob! Jacob!” he said. “Here I am,” Jacob replied. 3 “I am God. I am the God of your father,” he said. “Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt. There I will make you into a great nation. 4 I will go down to Egypt with you. I will surely bring you back again. And when you die, Joseph will close your eyes with his own hand.” 5 Then Jacob left Beersheba. Israel’s sons put their father Jacob and their families in the carts that Pharaoh had sent to carry him. 6 So Jacob and his whole family went to Egypt. They took their livestock with them. And they took everything they had acquired in Canaan. 7 Jacob brought his sons and grandsons with him to Egypt. He also brought his daughters and granddaughters. He brought his whole family with him.

Once God promised Jacob, Jacob was all in. In verse 7, you read him in response to God’s promise collecting everyone together in his whole family and taking all of them down to Egypt.

God had said. So they were going. There were no eggs in other baskets. If God said it, Jacob was doing everything to respond accordingly.

Am I all in on what God has said to me? In one and the same statement in verse 3-4 God is giving both command and promise. But in this command + promise, God speaks calm to Jacobs fears, gives direction for his life, and speaks to one of Jacobs deepest desires – to see his son Joseph again. For me, there is a beautiful truth herein – even though God requires something of me in obedience, He is abundantly generous to me in what is given and promised in obedience as well. In one sense, God makes sweet and lovely obeying him – even though I wouldn’t say He has any obligation to. But that is God in His mercy and love – He delights to make the paths he calls us into pleasant and blessed for our souls!

Help me Lord hear you clearly and go all in on the promises + commands you call me to walk in. Amen.

Written by Ps. Rob Waugh

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