Have you ever had one of those days when you think; “What more can go wrong?” Sometimes it feels as if the circumstances of your life have not gone well for months or even years and you wonder when your break will come.
There was a time in the life of Jacob when he felt the same way. This is what he said to his sons; "You have deprived me of my children. Joseph is no more and Simeon is no more, and now you want to take Benjamin. Everything is against me!" Genesis 42:36
When you read this story, you realize that things were not as they appeared. Jacob may have felt as if everything was against him, but that certainly was not the case. In fact, at that particular moment in his life things were actually working together for his good. Of course, he did not know this at the time, but when he felt as if his world was coming undone, God was actually putting all the pieces in place to bring about His perfect plan for Jacob and His family. Jacob would shortly be re-united with his beloved son Joseph.
Jacob had forgotten a few important principles. Firstly, God was in control of his situation. God had a perspective that Jacob did not have. Secondly, “everything” was not against Jacob. That was a lie! There was so much in his life that was good; he had allowed discouragement to cloud his focus. Thirdly, God’s timing is always perfect. God was working everything out for the deliverance of Jacob and His family, but God would do it in His way and in His time.
Allow this story to encourage you in your situation today. Sometimes things are not as they appear. And more importantly, there are times when things look the bleakest that the answer is just around the corner.
Take courage today! Even if you do not understand what is going on in your life at this moment, you need to rest in the truth that God does.
I am and always will be,
Recklessly abandoned, ruthlessly committed and in relentless pursuit of Jesus