For 2020, I have chosen Isiah 41:10 as my personal verse. This lead into a theme for this year’s His Encouragement posts. Each week, I will be looking at another “fear not” of the Bible. I hope that as we journey together through these verses that we all will learn a little more about trusting God and rooting out the fear in our lives.
And he said, Peace be to you, fear not: your God, and the God of your father, hath given you treasure in your sacks: I had your money. And he brought Simeon out unto them.Genesis 43:23 KJV
Have you ever received an expected blessing?
I remember several years ago, I was shopping at a big consignment sale in Colorado Springs. As I’m searching through a rack of clothes in my daughter’s sizes, a woman walks up to me and asks if I’m looking for clothes in this particular size. I answer yes. She then tells me that she has a garbage bag full of clothes in her trunk that she was planning on taking to the thrift store; would I like them? I was hesitant at first, but I said yes. If they were ratty or the wrong sizes I could get rid of them myself. As it turned out, the bag was full of designer label clothes and a good number of them fit my daughter perfectly!
Another time, our family went out to eat on St. Valentine’s Day. The restaurant we wanted to eat at was packed, so we drove down the street to another restaurant with fewer people. Instead of our check, we were handed a Valentine’s day card. Inside, it said, “Your meal is on us. Happy Valentine’s Day,” signed by the manager of the restaurant.
More recently, a friend called one Saturday morning and said she wanted to take my daughter clothes shopping. This woman is a super shopper with deals and discounts, and ended up buying several new outfits for my daughter.
In our passage, Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers, but through a series of events, God has moved him to the position of second in the kingdom of Egypt. There was a seven-year period of plenty and then seven years of famine, but through Joseph’s wisdom the land of Egypt has more than enough food for themselves and the surrounding areas. Joseph’s brothers had come to Egypt to buy food for their families. On their journey home, they find the money they paid returned in their sacks.
They’ve returned for a second time, and Joseph has them brought into his house. They all think it’s because of the money, so they confess that they found it, but have brought it back along with money to pay for the food this time. I love Joseph’s response here in this verse. He says (paraphrasing), Don’t be afraid. You’ve got nothing to worry about. God must have given you treasure in your sacks because I had your money.”
Now, I’m not condoning Joseph lying about the money, but I think there is still something we can learn.
Sometimes we get so caught up in our lives, trying to take care of everything ourselves. We plan, strategize, scrimp, save… these aren’t bad things and are absolutely essential to life, but I think we get so wrapped up in our own strength, we don’t leave opportunities for God to bless us in unexpected ways.
Instead of worrying, fretting, and fearing, we need to have faith and trust that God will provide or reveal a solution. He loves to do things for His children, especially when things seem impossible by man’s standards or at least it will be obvious that it was all Him.
So today, take a step back from whatever you’re stressing about and allow Him to work. Or maybe, if you keep your eyes and heart open, God can use you to be an unexpected blessing to someone else.
What scripture is encouraging you today? Share it with us!
Check out these other blogs for more encouragement from God’s word for your Thursday.
Nicole @ Christian Fiction Girl
Trisha @ Joy of Reading
Jessica @ A Baker’s Perspective
Jacquelyn @ A Heavenly Home
Becca @ The Becca Files
Jenny @ Author Jenny Lynn
Rebecca @ Rev. Rebecca Writes
Andi @ Radiant Light
Leslie @ Words of Hope