ON THE VERGE OF CHANGE

Scripture Reading: Genesis 46:1-7

“Then he said, ‘I am God, the God of your father. Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for there I will make you into a great nation. I Myself will go with you to Egypt, and I will also bring you up again, and Joseph’s hand shall close your eyes.'” (Genesis 46:3,4)

Life is full of changes. Some changes are bigger than others. Change in inevitable and, therefore, we should expect it in our lives. In most cases, change can be healthy. But we must admit that big changes are often difficult. We become unsure of what life will be like after the change takes place.

This was the case with Jacob. He had lived in the land of Canaan all of his life. But now the time had come for him to leave his homeland and move to Egypt. As we have seen, Jacob was fearful and uncertain. God came to him and reassured him.

When we are on the verge of change, we can learn from Jacob. The first thing he did was to turn to God in worship — “So Israel took his journey with all he had and came to Beersheba, and offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac” (v. 1). Each of the patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, lived in Beersheba for a period of time. There was an altar there at which Abraham and Isaac had worshiped. It was natural for Jacob to go there and worship. He came to offer sacrifices to God.

When we are fearful of changes we are facing, we must first stop and turn to God. We need to confess our sins — worry, fear, lack of trust. Then we give thanksgiving to God for the past and for the future. In worship, we must seek God’s mind in the matter. Too many people jump into change without seeking the Lord’s mind and will in prayer.

Once we have done this, we step out in faith, knowing that the Lord will go with us every step of the way. Remember God knows your name and everything about you. He has promised to be with you wherever you go and in whatever you do. He will fulfill His promises to you and undergird you in your fears — “Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for there I will make you into a great nation. I Myself will go down with you to Egypt.” We are never alone. God is always with us. He will lead us through change and give us the strength and wisdom to face it.

Sovereign Lord, when I have faced major changes in my life, I have seen Your hand in them. Thank You for being with me through them and for the comfort of knowing that You will direct my steps as I face changes in the future.

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