Unexpected Joy

Scripture Reading — Genesis 43:15-16; 45:1-7, 16-28

Israel said, “I’m convinced! My son Joseph is still alive. I will go and see him before I die.” — Genesis 45:28

Jacob had sent his sons to Egypt with fear and trembling. Though he had been promised God’s blessing, he also felt the weight of pain and loss that had built up in his life. We can imagine that Jacob spent long days during his sons’ absence reflecting, worrying, and perhaps praying for a safe return. And although the Bible tells us the remarkable story of the brothers’ reunion and reconciliation with Joseph (Genesis 43:15-45:15), their father knew none of that until their return.

Waiting is sometimes a key part of God’s work in us. But then come moments of revelation when it is suddenly clear that God has been up to something all along.

That happens to Jacob as he hears his sons’ account of their interactions with Joseph, and as he sees the carts and provisions that Joseph has sent from Egypt. Jacob suddenly has the courage to set aside twenty years of mourning for his lost son, to leave the comfort of a land that was home, and to set out on a new journey in faith.

God delights to give his children good gifts. The death of Jesus on the cross is followed on the third day by the glorious news that Jesus is alive and that his resurrection means renewed life for all who put their faith in him (Acts 4:10-12).

Wait on God’s timing, trust in Christ’s work, and receive from him the gift of unexpected joy.

Prayer

Lord, open our eyes to see your work in us. Convince us that your grace is real and that you supply hope and healing in Jesus for all our disappointments and challenges. Amen.

 

Devotion topics: Bible, Books of the Bible, Genesis, Bible Characters, Jacob, Life, Emotions, Joy