September 13, 2020
If It Must Be
Genesis 43:11-14 (KJB) And their father Israel said unto them, If it must be so now, do this; take of the best fruits in the land in your vessels, and carry down the man a present, a little balm, and a little honey, spices, and myrrh, nuts, and almonds: 12 And take double money in your hand; and the money that was brought again in the mouth of your sacks, carry it again in your hand; peradventure it was an oversight: 13 Take also your brother, and arise, go again unto the man: 14 And God Almighty give you mercy before the man, that he may send away your other brother, and Benjamin. If I be bereaved of my children, I am bereaved.
Israel (or Jacob) somewhat reluctantly resigned to send his son Benjamin on his way to Egypt. Why? It was hard for this father to allow his son to part from him to go along with his stepbrothers on this vital journey — especially given the hardships of the famine and the sudden disappearance and presumed death of a favorite son Joseph many years ago.
Benjamin was his only remaining son from his beloved wife, Rachel, who had died in childbirth. This fact, coupled with the disappearance of their other well-favored son Joseph was more than enough to set Jacob on the edge of a proverbial cliff. However, he saw no other viable option on the table for the circumstances at hand. In the end, Jacob resigned, permitting Benjamin to embark on this journey with his brothers, knowing it was the only option for all of them to find relief in this unrelenting famine.
Jacob understood that sometimes a person must crawl out onto the end of a limb before God can work His miracles in troubling situations. Though Jacob was cautiously reserved, he placed trust in God for this situation, knowing that whatever the results, God would be with him in it and through it even if it meant that Benjamin would also be taken from him as was Joseph many years ago.
Imagine the heart of this devoted father being shred apart by circumstances he had no personal control over. Jacob was at the brink but, in the end, placed trust in the working of God even when he had such a reservation about the potential of losing Benjamin, for he already lost Joseph many years before.
Nonetheless, despite any hesitation or reservation, Jacob sought the will and way of God for this situation.
Certainly, you have faced a time or two where the outlook was bleak, and the only answer to your situation was something you did not want to face, let alone put the best decision you can find to work in your life. However, you also know that it is in these kinds of trying situations that God does miracles! Jacob was ready for God to work and to bring peace and rest in His care, and you should find rest in God’s care too!
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