Genesis 43:29-30 NIV 2011
As he looked about and saw his brother Benjamin, his own mother’s son, he asked, “Is this your youngest brother, the one you told me about?” And he said, “God be gracious to you, my son.” Deeply moved at the sight of his brother, Joseph hurried out and looked for a place to weep. He went into his private room and wept there.
Joseph’s older brothers sold him into slavery. Years later as famine overtook Canaan, Jacob sent his sons to Egypt for grain. After years of struggle, Joseph was the governor of Egypt and in charge of grain sales. Joseph’s mother Rachel died after Benjamin’s birth. Joseph longed to see his younger brother. He requested Benjamin’s presence on the brother’s next trip. The sting of seeing his family once again reminded him of the time he lost with them. God strengthens His people especially when they struggle.
Death of our family of believers is separation we experience when we are left behind. I know where they will spend eternity and am assured I will see them again. Aware God’s Word is filled with many that struggled as Joseph did comforts me. My two younger sisters spent their early-married life in Colorado and we didn’t see them much. We were ecstatic when they both moved to Washington. As believers, we all struggle at times. God is with me when I struggle and He strengthens me.
What struggle is hindering your walk today?
Strengthened daily together,