Monday, November 19, 2012

Genesis 45:19-20

"Now thou art commanded, this do ye; take you wagons out of the land of Egypt for your little ones, and for your wives, and bring your father, and come.
Also regard not your stuff; for the good of all the land of Egypt is yours."
Genesis 45:19-20

I like the "regard not your stuff" part. :)  And this verse in interesting because it is getting all of Joseph's family into one place... which saves them from the famine.  But this is also what gets the whole group into a predicament with Pharaoh later, which Moses has to save them from.  It is interesting because we see the hand of God saving a people, but also getting them into a bind.  And isn't that what all of life is?  If God asks us to make a choice one day, it doesn't necessarily mean that that is the best choice forever.  Definitely not encouraging a musical-chairs view of relationships here, by the way.  But with many things in our lives something can be totally the right thing for a while, and then change later.  What changes?  Well, in this case, the circumstances.  The Israelites didn't need to be saved from a famine anymore, and they did need to stop worshipping idols and settle in a different place that God had prepared for them.  Would they have done it without drama?  Perhaps... but perhaps not.  Do we uproot our own lives or change ourselves dramatically without some drama?  Rarely. 
Instead of questioning God about why he told us something months or years ago that isn't working out now, lets work at understanding God's will for us today.  God teaches us in many ways, and sometimes a reversal of fortune is part of that.  We can't stay in our own personal Egypt forever.  It was awesome of God to save us and send us there where everything was plentiful... but then it kind of turned around, right?  And we needed to get out.  Today, let's listen to God.  Let's go into Egypt when God asks, and get out when God asks as well... and try not to get stuck in the middle.  And, while we're at it, let's regard our stuff a little less too.  God will help it all work out, as we do what he asks.

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