Israel said to Joseph, “I never expected to see your face again, and now God has allowed me to see your children too” (Genesis 48:11).
Read the Bible in 90 Days with Dana Pittman

God loves His children.

Have you ever lost your child in the grocery store? I haven’t but I once thought I lost my son…in my house. I know you’re probably thinking, how did she do that?
Well, my son was about two and he loved playing hide-n-seek. He would hide and scream, “Mommy come get me!” I would play along. I would walk around his room. I’d open and close drawers, loudly.

I would shout, “Where are you?”

He’d giggle. This would go on for a while before I’d find him. I would tickle him like crazy before leaving him to play again. Sure, that he would call me again.

Well, one day he did the same. He called. I went through the motions but when I called out to him I couldn’t hear him giggle. I moved around the room and I went to his favorite spots.

 

He wasn’t there.

My uneasiness caused me to move a little faster. Not to startle him, however, I could feel my heart accelerating. My ears were cloudy. I searched the closet, beneath the bed. I called, he didn’t answer.I took the search outside his room. I went nearly mad searching through the house. I even called my husband. Imagine the shock of hearing, “I can’t find him”.

My husband said, “Look again and call me back. Calm down. He’s there.”

I walked down the hall again and he jumped out and screamed, “Surprise, I got you! I did good Mommy.”

My heart hit the floor. I held him so tight that he asked, “Mommy what’s wrong?”

“Nothing baby.” I smiled into his chubby face, “Yes, baby you did good. Too good.”

He found a new hiding place. He got me. But can you image if I hadn’t found him. Israel lived with that feeling. His was worse, he lived with believing his son, Jacob, was dead.

I am not equating hide-n-seek with the death of a child. However, panic, fear, anxiety, and all those other emotions, which cause your heart to race are real. And Israel had experienced it only to learn many years later that his son, Joseph, was alive.

My Eyes Watered…

Towards the end of Genesis Israel is old and his health was failing. He called Jacob to his bedside. Jacob answered and brought his two sons along. “Israel said to Joseph, ‘I never expected to see your face again, and now God has allowed me to see your children too’”(Genesis 48:11).

While reading this verse my heart fluttered and my eyes watered. I thanked God. His faithful and unfailing love extends to His children.

How many times have you lost all hope? Remember we serve a God that is faithful.

My hearts delights in wondering how Israel felt in that moment. He thought he lost a son, instead he gained a daughter-in-law, and two grandsons.

Praise God!!!

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for your love. Thank you for your constant companionship. Thank you for caring for me when I am overjoyed and when I’m needy. Thank you for waiting to be gracious to me for rising to show your compassion to me.

As readers complete Genesis and ready to read Exodus, I pray they will see you in every word on every page. As we reach for you, I know you are faithful. You know every hair on our heads and every pain weighing down our hearts. Thank you for your unfailing love.

In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

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