Have you ever had everything just go wrong? Maybe you had a day where it seemed like you could do no right. Or a day where things kept breaking all around you. First your car wouldn’t start, then when it finally did, you were late, and your computer froze at work, and then you got pulled over and got a ticket, and you broke your phone because you were so mad you threw it and it busted on the ground even though it had an Otterbox on it. And all that happened before your lunch break.
That’s a pretty awful day. And for the most part, those days are rare, or maybe you’re blessed and you haven’t had a day like that! Either way, I think you can imagine that kind of emotion and just the awful discouragement.
There’s this guy in the Bible. His name used to be Jacob, but now it’s Israel. Yeah, that Israel, the one with the nation named after him. His story is in the book of Genesis, the first book of the Bible. Well anyway, he lives a kind of life that feels discouraging and full of negative emotion and loss. He lost one son years ago (Israel thought he had been torn apart by wild animals, but really his brothers sold him into slavery. Whoever said the Bible is boring has never read it!), another son is imprisoned in Egypt, and then Israel’s others sons come back and say a random ruler in Egypt wants them to bring his youngest son so he can be sure the brothers aren’t lying about him. So he sends this son, with much fear and trepidation, only to find out the random ruler in Egypt is his son that was sold into slavery whom he thought was dead!! This story is insane. You should go read it for yourself in Genesis chapters 37 through 50.
We pick up this story in Genesis 46. Israel is afraid and confused. He’s not sure what God is up to. He’s just learned his “dead son” is no longer dead, but is now second in command in Egypt. This is a weird situation with a lot of emotions wrapped up in it. Israel is leaving his home, all of his land, and much of his possessions to go to Egypt, where he is supposedly going to be given land and flocks and herds. God speaks to Israel and says this:
“Then he said, “I am God, the God of your father. Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for there I will make you into a great nation. I myself will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also bring you up again, and Joseph’s hand shall close your eyes.” – Genesis 46:3-4 (ESV)
Whatever is going on in your life, take heart. Know that God is with those who are His. If you are a child of God, one who has placed trust and faith in Jesus Christ, God is with you. His Holy Spirit lives inside of you, guiding, convicting, giving understanding into the Bible.
Trust in God and know that whatever you face today, God Himself will go down with you, will bring you up, and will always be with you. Trust in Him. Lean on Him.
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” — Matthew 11:28-30 (ESV)