January 17 – Genesis 45:16-47:27: Life visibly returned to Jacob as his sons pronounced Joseph’s life and status as the governor of Egypt. The family set out to join Joseph in a new land. They reached the crossroad into Egypt, Beersheba. Worship started at Beersheba, where Abraham’s covenant with Abimelech, to protect the water of this region, occurred. Isaac worshiped while at Beersheba. Jacob offered sacrifices and worshiped at Beersheba. Then, while he slept, God spoke to Jacob.
The Lord encouraged Jacob not live in fear and that He would protect his family, “Do not be afraid…you will die in Egypt, but I will return your family to your land,” (paraphrase mine.) Jacob did not hesitate to cross over into Egypt. He heard the voice of God. He heard God’s perspective and it secured his direction. They arrived in Egypt with around seventy relatives. Joseph embraced Jacob and settled his father and family in Goshen, a fertile land. The people of Israel rapidly grew and fruitfully multiplied, while living on their acquired property.
However, the starving Egyptians sold everything they owned, becoming slaves to Pharaoh, in order to survive during the severe famine.
Today’s Nourishment: Joseph endured rejection and abandonment, yet, waited on God to place him in a position where the Lord desired him to serve. Joseph reunited with his family, after his family came to the crossroad of humility. When they came to the crossroad, foremost on their minds, they set up a place of worship.
Consider the crossroad in your life. Will you live like Jacob and set up worship in your heart, before you take that big step? Perhaps the Lord’s words, to you, sound like that of Jacob’s, “Do not be afraid, I will be your God, and I will protect your family.”
Worship Him first. Hear God’s voice to see His perspective. Then, follow His leading and He will not guide you in any direction outside of His plan. God’s perspective secures the life decisions we face. Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice,” and “He who has an ear to hear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the Church.”
Lord, I choose to set up worship in my heart to you at this crossroad. I wait on you to speak to my heart. I pray that I hear your voice. Give me your perspective, in order to secure my decisions and direction. I pray that as I make this decision, to head in this direction, that your Word will rapidly grow in me and that your kingdom will multiply around me.
What is your crossroad?
Are you following your GPS (God’s Perspective Secures)?
Tomorrow’s reading: Genesis 47:28-50