Assuming the Worst

It’s so easy to let our imaginations run wild in the wrong direction. Doesn’t it say somewhere, “If God is for us, who can be against us?”

Read: Genesis 42, 43, 44; Luke 9:28-62

One Word

Israel said, “Why did you treat me so badly as to tell the man that you had another brother?” Genesis 43:6

Big Idea

God given dreams really do come true; the famine came upon Egypt and Canaan just as Joseph had interpreted  Pharaoh’s dreams. Under Joseph’s leadership, Egypt had stored the surplus during the seven years of plenty making preparation for the famine that was to come. All to soon people found themselves in need of food and began coming to Egypt.

The famine was severe; not just affecting Egypt, but reaching to Canaan as well. Joseph’s brothers made one journey to buy food. They unknowingly bowed before their brother just as he had dreamed so long ago. Joseph recognized them and accused them of being spies. He questioned them closely because he knew his brother Benjamin was not with them. Israel feared for his youngest son’s life and would not let him go with his brothers to Egypt.

To test their honesty, Simeon  would be kept in prison in Egypt while ten brothers returned to their father with food. However, Joseph made one unexpected requirement; they would not see his face again unless they brought their younger brother Benjamin with them.

Joseph’s brother’s returned to their father Israel with the grain reporting all that had happened in Egypt. The truth about Joseph had never been revealed to him so he still believed his beloved son was dead. When their food supplies again ran low and grieving because he thought he had now lost two sons, he refuses to allow Benjamin to return with his brothers to buy more food believing “everything is against me.”

Israel is doing just what we do. His worry and fear kept him awake at night imagining the bad things that he was sure would happen. Assuming the worst Israel fears Benjamin too would be taken from him, and he would go to the grave with sorrow upon sorrow (42:36-38).

In time the brothers had to persuade their father to let Benjamin go with them to Egypt because the famine continued to be sever. Fearful they all would die and what will happen, he reluctantly lets Benjamin go with them to buy food. He is hopeless and unaware of how God was at work to save him and his family providing for them in Egypt through Joseph, the son believed was dead.

Exemplify

Even standing in the dark, I should not assume the worst giving into fear and worry. Instead, I should continue to believe knowing God is faithful and will do all He has promised even bringing good even out of sorrow.

Yes to Yield

LORD Jesus, I praise You who continually works in all things for the good of those who love You called according to Your purpose. You are working good for me, for my family, for the church. Jesus forgive me when I assume the worst giving way to worry and fear. Holy Spirit continue to build my faith to clearly see those things hoped for even in the darkest of night. Thank You for the faithfulness of Your good work. Remind me of Your provision and goodness in the past and empower me to stand with an unwavering confidence today.


If you’re new to Living It Now, you can find an explanation of the O-B-E-Y journal on the Hearing and Doing page, or the sample post Guard Duty.

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