July 11 – Genesis 42:26-38
July 11 – Genesis 42:26-38
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Heavenly Father, we do experience much grief and loss in our lives. I know the loss of my dad has been very difficult, and what gives me joy in that grief is knowing my Dad is with You. I can’t imagine the grief that some feel when they don’t have that assurance. Sometimes we struggle to feel joy through our trials and the book of James tells us to count it all joy, but joy can sometimes be elusive. Help me to remember I don’t have to be joyful over the trial, but in knowing You can take that trial and bring great things from it, like Joseph being sold into slavery and spending years in prison was certainly not something to find joy in. But when we see what You did through that trial, we can find joy knowing our wonderful God can take something so hard and bring something wonderful from it. Thank You, Father, for being a God who loves us and wants to do wonderful things for us.
In Jesus’ name.
Why do you think the brothers were frightened when they each found their bundle of money in their sacks?
Reuben was anxious to follow the orders given by Joseph. What did he suggest as an offering to his father to allow Benjamin to go with him to Egypt?
What does this show you about Rueben?
How did Jacob respond to the request?
Sometimes the loss of a loved one, friend, home or job can leave us in such sorrow that we may feel frozen and unable to carry on.
God is not a stranger to loss and death. He sent his only Son to die and bear our sins.
Pray today that if you are gripped by grief of someone or something that God will heal your heart and you can once again experience joy.
26 Then they loaded their donkeys with their grain and departed. 27 And as one of them opened his sack to give his donkey fodder at the lodging place, he saw his money in the mouth of his sack. 28 He said to his brothers, “My money has been put back; here it is in the mouth of my sack!” At this their hearts failed them, and they turned trembling to one another, saying, “What is this that God has done to us?”
29 When they came to Jacob their father in the land of Canaan, they told him all that had happened to them, saying, 30 “The man, the lord of the land, spoke roughly to us and took us to be spies of the land. 31 But we said to him, ‘We are honest men; we have never been spies. 32 We are twelve brothers, sons of our father. One is no more, and the youngest is this day with our father in the land of Canaan.’ 33 Then the man, the lord of the land, said to us, ‘By this I shall know that you are honest men: leave one of your brothers with me, and take grain for the famine of your households, and go your way. 34 Bring your youngest brother to me. Then I shall know that you are not spies but honest men, and I will deliver your brother to you, and you shall trade in the land.’”
35 As they emptied their sacks, behold, every man's bundle of money was in his sack. And when they and their father saw their bundles of money, they were afraid. 36 And Jacob their father said to them, “You have bereaved me of my children: Joseph is no more, and Simeon is no more, and now you would take Benjamin. All this has come against me.” 37 Then Reuben said to his father, “Kill my two sons if I do not bring him back to you. Put him in my hands, and I will bring him back to you.” 38 But he said, “My son shall not go down with you, for his brother is dead, and he is the only one left. If harm should happen to him on the journey that you are to make, you would bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to Sheol.”