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[a] 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.” 31 Then Joseph said to his brothers and to his father’s household, “I will go up and speak to Pharaoh and will say to him, ‘My brothers and my father’s household, who were living in the land of Canaan, have come to me. 32 The men are shepherds; they tend livestock, and they have brought along their flocks and herds and everything they own.’ 33 When Pharaoh calls you in and asks, ‘What is your occupation?’ 34 you should answer, ‘Your servants have tended livestock from our boyhood on, just as our fathers did.’ Then you will be allowed to settle in the region of Goshen, for all shepherds are detestable to the Egyptians.”
I am moved by the poignancy of the reunion between Joseph and his father. I imagine there were many times over the years when either one would have thought there was no hope of ever seeing one another again. We all face circumstances that seem hopeless, impossible and seemingly without solutions. Yet I am very challenged to think of whether I put ‘use by dates’ on things that I pray for or am believing God for. How long am I happy to pray for things until I put them aside? Even if these men had laid aside hope of being reunited, it seems that God had not abandoned either of them, and brought them together again.
The whole story of Joseph is soap opera material, and yet in God ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE. So I am challenged to keep praying, keep trusting God and never give up hope, no matter what the circumstances. I want to rest my faith in God and let Him take care of me and my circumstances.
Heavenly Father thank you for watching over me every day. Help me to trust you with all I am, all I have and all that I love. In Jesus Name Amen
Written by Christine Knight