“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).
In the lives of the children of God, all things happen for the good. If you believe this, you will never feel sad over the happenings. You will find the good things God has kept in the midst of all storms and turbulences.
Jacob, the forefather anguished over several issues. He says “Few and evil have been the days of the years of my life and they have not attained to the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their pilgrimage” (Genesis 47:9). The lifespan of Abraham was hundred and seventy five years and that of Isaac hundred and eighty years. But, for Jacob it was only hundred and forty seven years.
What was the reason? Unwanted sorrows, worries and fears ruled his heart. The faith that God does everything for our good was not in him. His thinking was that everything happened against him.
God never does anything haphazardly or unplanned but He does everything purpose. There was a purpose behind God separating Jacob from his father and taking him to Egypt. The reason was to protect Jacob’s family from the famine that existed for seven years.
In the last days Jacob understood all the secrets behind the plans of God. He was very happy that everything happened for his good and God loved him so much. Jacob’s father did not see the face of his son anymore but he met the same son in a high position at Egypt. Thereafter he enjoyed all the comforts and solace through his son.
Jacob not only met Joseph but he met the other two children of Joseph and blessed them. Jacob loved God and God did no harm to him. All He had done was for his good. Dear children of God, even in your life many things will look as though they are harmful to you. At times you may feel that you have been let down by God. But no, He will never let you down.
“But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me, and my Lord has forgotten me.” Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you” (Isaiah 49:14, 15).
To meditate: “See, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me” (Isaiah 49:16).