“It’s all right,” he said, “Don’t be afraid. Your God, the God of your father, has given you treasure in your sacks; … Genesis 43:23 (NIV)
I find there is an interesting similarity between…
Genesis 43:14 (NIV) …as for me, if I am bereaved, I am bereaved.”
Esther 4:16 (NIV) …and if I perish, I perish.”
Both Jacob and Esther were faced with a crossroads of sorts and both had come to the conclusion as Helen Keller would put it… “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” Maybe you too have found that in life we can’t always choose the music life plays, but we can choose how we dance to it. Dear one, are you choosing to dance?
Further in Genesis 43 we find Jacob’s sons begging for a pardon (verse 20) from a fiasco they caused and yet kinda they didn’t (Life can be tricky like that sometimes, can’t it?!!). However they approach their predicament from a humble standpoint. Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 1 Peter 5:6 (NIV)
The boys are trying to make things right, actually going above and beyond to turn things around and yet they don’t know what the outcome will be. Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. Proverbs 16:3 (NIV)
To their surprise the man in charge responds with, “It’s all right,” … “Don’t be afraid. … Your God… has given you treasure in your sacks;…(Gen. 43:23 NIV) Dear one, in Jesus, no matter how many crossroads you may have faced and found yourself to have taken the wrong way – Jesus remains to be the Way back (John 14:6)! It’s all right, don’t be afraid to repent and turn around as He waits to receive you, wash you with His grace, mercy, forgiveness and unfailing love (2 Peter 3:9-10). Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Psalm 51:10-12 (NIV)
After Jacob’s sons were told not to fear over their past they were welcomed in and their feet washed!! John 13 records Jesus washing His disciples feet. A reminder that as we walk through life we will find ourselves in fiascoes from time to time, muddied up from our own sin or other’s or just that of this broken world. However we are never without hope in Jesus! But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 2 Corinthians 4:7 (NIV)
Jesus is your treasure of love within, and you always gain by giving Love!
By God’s amazing grace He continues to transform sinful sacks into treasure troves of His Living Hope! Now that’s music we can all dance to! Who can you invite to this dance floor of Living Hope?