Read Genesis 46
Focus on verse 2-4
Making critical decisions is not y favorite thing to do. It ranks pretty close to the level of root canal in my hierarchy of favorites, but like root canal there are times when we realize it has to be done so we do it. I also always find it helpful in times when I have to make a decision, when I find some confirmation… a word from a wise person, an event that seems to confirm which way to go, something that gives me an indication of which choice is the right one.
Jacob had promised his father Isaac not to leave Canaan many years previous. I suspect that promise now lingered in his mind as he prepared to journey to Egypt. What a wonderful confirmation it must have been to him to receive this vision from God – confirming to him that God would go with him to Egypt – that this was part of the plan. That not only would God go with him to Egypt, but that He would also bring him back to the promised land again as a nation of people.
And God spoke to Israel in visions of the night and said, “Jacob, Jacob.” And he said, “Here I am.” Then he said, “I am God, the God of your father. Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for there I will make you into a great nation. I myself will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also bring you up again, and Joseph’s hand shall close your eyes.” (v. 2-4)
When the promise is confirmed, when God gives confirmation that you are walking in the center of His will, there is no greater sense of peace and contentment even if the place you are going is a place you do not yet know…or the middle of a dangerous mission field. If God is for us who can be against us?