“And Joseph said unto his brethren, I die: and God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land unto the land which he sware to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.” Gen. 50:24
I simply have to share with my friends the sweet comfort the Lord has been giving me through my morning devotions. As you all are well aware, by no stretch of the imagination, this has been a rough three weeks for our immediate and extended family members!
Monday was a bad day emotionally for me; the death of my sister’s husband; trying to dig deep into the well of faith to trust God for the finances to be able to fly to my brother-in-law’s Memorial Service and then Glyn needing immediate medical intervention from two bites from a Brown Recluse spider; took its toll and overwhelmed me to the point of tears. Those who know me well know that when trouble rushes in like a tsunami; I am not a “weeper” but a “fighter”. Yet this time I was numb and felt that I simply could not fight the battle anymore!
Thankfully I have learned that when we walk through these deep dark valleys we can find a “balm in Gilead”. Some of you might remember the words of this beautiful song written back in the Eighteenth Century:
There is a balm in Gilead
To make the wounded whole;
There is a balm in Gilead
To heal the sin-sick soul.
Sometimes I feel discouraged,
And think my work’s in vain,
But then the Holy Spirit
Revives my soul again.
Don’t ever feel discouraged,’
Cause Jesus is your friend,
And if you lack for knowledge,
He’ll never fail to lend.
There is a Balm in Gilead, to make the wounded whole!
I knew during this time of emotional weakness, I needed to go to the source of my strength – God’s Word. Since Monday I have been immersing myself in His promises. This morning the Lord whispered sweet comfort to my heart yet again.
Let me share my thoughts:
In the passage of scripture I quoted; Joseph is announcing to his family that he is about to die.
Understand what this must have done to his family as Joseph had been an “incarnate providence” to them. He protected them, fed them and provided safe harbor for them in Egypt during a time of devastating drought. The news of his pending death must have been totally demoralizing to them.
In this life one by one “our family Joseph’s” pass away and a thousand comforts die with them.
Egypt was never the same to Israel after Joseph was dead, nor can the world again be, to some of us, what it was when our beloved ones were alive.
THERE IS HOPE THOUGH!
See how in this verse the pain of that sad death was alleviated! They had a promise that the living God would visit them.
WOW! Think about it………..A visit from Jehovah!
What a favor!
What a consolation!
What a glorious experience of a taste of Heaven below!
But wait………..more was promised………. the Lord, Himself would bring them out!
They would find in Egypt a cold welcome when Joseph was dead. The scripture tells us it became a house of bondage to the Children of Israel. But the Lord heard their cries and it was not long before He made His Presence known! They would come out of the sorrowing desert of Egypt, by a divine deliverance, and under the leadership of Moses and Joshua; they would march to the land of promise.
Friends hear me now……….we shall not weep here forever.
Soon and very soon we shall be called home to the glory-land to join our loved ones who have gone before.
Let us draw comfort from the Words of the scripture:
1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 (NKJV) “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.”
Written in loving Memory of my brother-in-law, Victor Coetzee, a true giant of the Faith, who went home to his eternal joy on September 27, 2014