26. Give over to God

Last week we learned that we shouldn't put off what we can do today. We should act whenever we know that there is something that we should do. Whether it is forgiving someone, or reuniting with someone, or giving someone something, or doing something for the Lord. Whatever it is, we need to do it for the Lord and we shouldn't stagnate. If we stagnate we are not only hurting ourselves, but withholding someone from a blessing. It truly is not worth it. We need to act whenever we feel the leading from God.

Jacob could have been reunited with Joseph so much earlier, but he stagnated and didn't want his sons to take Benjamin to Egypt. But finally their food ran out and he didn't have any other choice. He had to send Benjamin with them:

"If it must be so, then do this: Take some of the best fruits of the land in your vessels and carry down a present for the man - a little balm and a little honey, spices and myrrh, pistachio nuts and almonds. Take double money in your hand, and take back in your hand the money that was returned in the mouth of your sacks; perhaps it was an oversight. Take your brother also and arise, go back to the man. And may God Almighty give you mercy before the man, that he may release your other brother and Benjamin. If I am bereaved, I am bereaved!" Genesis 43:11-14

Jacob was a good man and sent of their dire food supplies with them, as well as double the money, to compensate and to hopefully ensure the safe travels of his sons. But truly the only One Who could bring his sons back safely was God. And he acknowledged that by asking that God give them mercy before Joseph. Only God can help him and only God can help us.

Sometimes we are inclined to do so much from our side to ensure that we are successful in what lies ahead. We plan things to the core, we ensure that things go our way; we buy things to make sure that we have a safe journey ahead etc. We want to take matters into our own hands and make sure that things work out the way we want them to work out. But the truth is only God can help us and only He can make things work out for our good. We cannot foresee the future and we cannot plan for every event. We need to stand back and trust in God, His foresight and His goodness.

Jacob could never in his wildest dreams have foreseen that the 'harsh Egyptian' was in actual fact his son, Joseph. No amount of presents that he sent along or money could have brought back his son. Only God ordained it all to work out for good. Nothing he could have done from his side could have ensured the safety of all his sons, Joseph included.

We also need to let go. We need to do what we can, but then we need to let go and trust in God. Especially when it comes to our children. We cannot pave a perfect road for them. We cannot ensure that everything will be smooth sailing. We cannot. We can only raise them to the best of our ability and teach them about God but then we need to let them go into this harsh world trusting that God's protection is over them. He knows what will be best for them. We do not. Letting go is not easy, but seeing them fly with God's grace over them is definitely a reward to look forward to.

Father thank you that You are always there, always looking out for us. We trust You that You know best. We give all our troubles and cares over to You. Carry us through it all, we love and honor You. Amen

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