At the end of our study in Genesis 42, we read of Jacob’s reaction to the odd sequence of events that came upon his sons in Egypt: “All these things are against me.” (Genesis 42:36)
Jacob has been through a lot by this point. He thought his son, Joseph, was dead. Now his son, Simeon, is sitting in an Egyptian prison. And the famine of the land is threatening the survival of his family. From assessment of his earthly circumstances—from his limited point of view based on the few puzzle pieces he could see—Jacob drew the conclusion that everything was against him.
Have you ever felt like that after an assessment of your earthly circumstances? Have you ever felt like everything and everyone was stacked against you? Felt like nothing has, is, or will ever go right for you? While we might feel the same way about our circumstances as Jacob felt about his, the word of the Lord says something different about reality.
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)
As God continues to unfold His grand plan of redemption on an individual, national, and global scale, we start to see that “these things” are nothing for Jacob…and for us! “If God is with us, who can be against us?”
God wasn’t done with Jacob—He was forming him into Israel. And as God forms the faith of this man named Israel, He forms a nation named Israel who would one day usher in another man who would be a blessing to the whole world.
God’s not done with you either! All these things are not against you. God is for you!
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)