Views from Egypt
St. Andrews MTC, Yonkers NY
Then he said, “I am God, the God of your father; do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make of you a great nation there.
After hearing the great news that Joseph was alive, Jacob packed up and moved his family to Egypt. Jacob offered sacrifices and received assurance from God that Egypt was where he should go. Jacob and his family settled in the region of Goshen.
As we can see, the Israelites did become a great nation, and Jacob’s descendants eventually returned to Canaan. God told Jacob to leave his home and travel to a strange and faraway land. But God reassured him by promising to go with him and take care of him. When new situations or surroundings frighten us, we need to recognize that we may sometimes experience fear. To be moved by fear is an indication that we question God’s ability to take care of us.What are we willing to do for God? When God speaks to us in a dream, how will we respond? Let us hope and pray that we remember how Jacob responded in a way that was pleasing and acceptable in God’s sight.
Almighty God, help us to understand that peace does not come in rebellion or grieving, but is obtained through the calm of the soul. Grant that we may have the power to control ourselves and depend on Your strength. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. - Philippians 4:6