“Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for there I will make your family into a great nation.” (Genesis 46:3 NLT).


The Lord spoke to Jacob in a vision the night after he offered sacrifices in Beersheba on his way to Egypt. Surely old Jacob was concerned about leaving the land promised to his family since his grandfather Abraham had obeyed the Lord and brought the family there. Yet on this night as he left for Egypt to be reunited with his long lost son, Joseph, the Lord encouraged Jacob. God comforted his fear and revealed His purpose for the house of Jacob. God would use Egypt to make a nation of Israel.
Four hundred years later, the seventy members of Jacob’s house would leave Egypt as a people numbering over 2 million. This is a conservative estimate considering that the Bible reported “600,000 men” (Ex. 12:37) along with their wives and children and flocks departed Egypt as one people under the leadership of a son of Levi named Moses.
Who knows how the Lord will use what we see as trials and difficult circumstances to accomplish His purpose? Yet we can be certain that His plans for us are good.
PRAYER: Lord, we surrender our plans to Your plans. We yield to Your purpose for our lives. We want to see what You see, feel what You feel and join You in Your work. Our “yes” is on the table. In Jesus’ name, Amen.