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GENESIS 45:16-28
When the brothers reached home, they told their father, “Joseph is yet alive, and he is
governor over all the land of Egypt” (Gen. 45:26). Jacob was so surprised by the news
that it was impossible for him to believe it. The Scriptures say, “Jacob’s heart fainted, for
he believed them not” (v. 26).
Earlier, when it was demanded that Benjamin go to Egypt with the brothers so they
would be able to see Joseph, Jacob had said, “All these things are against me” (42:36).
He did not realize that just the opposite was true—all those things were really working
together for good. God had patiently worked to accomplish His will.
When God undertakes a program, He continues with it until it is finished. The apostle
Paul wrote: “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in
you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Phil. 1:6).
When Jacob saw the wagons, he believed. Some say, “Seeing is believing.” However,
the Bible says quite the opposite is true. Jesus told Thomas, “Because thou hast seen
me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed”
(John 20:29).
Believers are to walk by faith, not sight; let us take God at His word.
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not
(Gal. 6:9).

Theodore Epp

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