Originally written Dec 5, 2011:
“And Jacob rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his loins, and mourned for his son many days. And all his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted; and he said, For I will go down into the grave unto my son mourning. Thus his father wept for him.” Genesis 37:34-35
Jacob would mourn the life of Joseph for 20 years. He suffered upon himself this misery. The truth is that all of it was unnecessary. Hadn’t God Himself promised the inheritance of His blessings through the house of Abraham unto Joseph? Jacob knew what the Lord said; but, the flesh, being as strong as it is, was easier for Jacob to believe. He saw the blood of the goat on the coat of many colors, and more readily believed the lie concocted by his remaining sons because there evidence was in the flesh. Man, how easy was that for Satan?
The devil will always try to subvert God’s Word. When God promises us something, He means it, and He keeps that promise. Yet, right away, there is the devil, working in our lives to make us believe what we know isn’t true. How often do we succumb to the lies? It is so easy to take one piece of evidence coupled with a plausible statement and run with it as though it were true. Faith, however, is totally different. Had Jacob believed God, he would have, in faith, believed Him over this piece of evidence.
However, Jacob would spend 20 years grieving. For what? Joseph was yet alive! Had Jacob had just a little bit of faith, he may very well have searched for the body of his son, or some other evidence of such beast having taken Joseph. The bloodied coat was enough to sway any belief he once had in God, the One and Only, Who had been in his presence, with Whom he had wrestled. Twenty years would pass, and the Lord worked. He worked to place Joseph in the position He wanted him, and all the while Jacob would believe otherwise.
Interestingly enough, this time would pass and the Holy Spirit referred to Jacob during this time as Jacob. Jacob means “deceiver.” See, he deceived his father, and was now in deceit of his sons. His faith in what God told him was in ruins. It wasn’t until he found out Joseph was yet alive that the Holy Spirit again refers to him as Israel. Israel means “God prevails.” He had forgotten what he was told, and it isn’t until he realized that he had mourned for nothing that his faith was renewed. He turned back to God and believed. God prevailed.
Let us not spend 20 years wandering within ourselves. Let us instead, hold on to what we were promised. Many things does He promise is in our lives, but there is one Truth that we are all promised. Eternal life with the Father, through Christ Jesus, and His sacrifice at Calvary. Hold onto that Truth! No matter what, if you cling to that, you’ll receive more than you ever dreamed. Let God rule your life. Know what He says by reading the Bible. Believe He speaks the truth and trust Him with your life. Give up following the lies. Let God prevail.