Today's Manna

February 4, 2017
Trust in the Lord
by Beau Moore
Scripture Reading: Genesis 46

In Genesis 46 Jacob and his family leave Canaan to go to Egypt because of the famine in the land. This is not the first time one of the patriarchs went to Egypt because of a famine. Years before, Abram left Canaan for the same reason (Gen 12:10).

When Jacob left Hebron his first stop was Beersheba, which is significant because it was there that he sought the Lord about his impending journey, which is often something we fail to do. I'm sure that this move made sense because his options were limited. He and the family could stay and die, or go and live. We make many decisions because they make "sense" and we don't really seek the Lord. This was not the case with Jacob.

It appears that this place in Beersheba was a "safe place" or a "hiding place" for the family.

Psalms 32:7 You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble;

Beersheba was where Jacob went to hide from his angry brother Esau. Now, Beersheba served as Jacob's spiritual hiding place as he offered sacrifices to God and God, in return, reiterated the promise that He would make Jacob's family a great nation in Egypt. God also stated that He would bring that nation back to Canaan in the future. God had instructed Isaac not to go to Egypt, but now he had told Jacob to go. This vision, which comforted the patriarch, would also encourage the nation of Israel when Moses would exhort them to leave the land of Egypt and return to Canaan to receive God's promise.

This story reminds me of many decisions that I have made over the course of my christian life. When I believe God to be leading me one way or another, I seek Him specifically about His direction for my life, then by faith I rely on His divine leadership to follow the path He wants.

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

The best part about seeking the Lord with our decisions is that when we have doubts about our choices (which will undoubtedly come because of our enemy), we can look back and claim the promise that the Lord was our Guide.

We should be encouraged to allow the Lord to lead in all of life's decisions because every choice affects our future. It is comforting to know that we don't have to lean on our own understanding because our understanding is extremely limited. We can trust in the Lord because His understanding (past, present, and future) is perfect.

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