The facts are too compelling. There seems to be no hope. It is over. But watch your tongue. The power of life and death lies therein. Jacob concludes before his children in an expression of great despair. His sorrow is so deep ... all hope is lost. The tongue of Jacob releases a wrong conclusion.
Gen 42:36 And Jacob their father said unto them, Me have ye bereaved of my children: Joseph is not, and Simeon is not, and ye will take Benjamin away: all these things are against me.
Jacob has not forgotten Joseph. How could he? He sums up the entire story of his life as a catalogue of losses. He wonders at God for rewarding Him with such pain. He recalls the manipulations he engineered in his own past. He focuses on Himself and again wrongly concludes this is all a reaping for his own wicked acts. Indeed, we reap what we sow, but we do not serve a wicked God. His ways are mysterious and past finding out in many ways. Jacob now projects the loss of Benjamin.
Enough of Jacob. How about you? What have you been told? What have you concluded? Have you decided that all is against you and useless ...your life is a waste. Your ministry is not worth a dime? It is best to die ... the devil offers you a rope. But wait, which company are you in? You are in the company of men and women like David, Naomi, Daniel, John the Baptist, the Apostle Paul ... God's special generals. Did the Lord Jesus Christ Himself not see the facts and say ' My God ...my God why hast thou forsaken me?" ... Facts are powerful but can be very deceiving. This is why the devil works well with the facts and will do everything to hide the Bible and its truths from all who permit him to do so.
It is pointless to examine the facts sometimes. They will only point to a terrifying future. My friend, be encouraged to know that in all these situations before us - the facts were soon proven to be untrue. This would have been a good time perhaps for Jacob to find some relief in his sons’ admissions that Joseph was sold to slavery and may still be alive somewhere. But as the flesh cannot and is unable to agree with the Spirit so will facts remain in opposition to truth until God chooses Himself to work out His truth in the situation. There is no comfort for Jacob but His God. He learns at times like this to just wait. For the impatient, hasty Jacob, used to having his way - this is a great learning point. Joseph lives ... if only Jacob knew.... Jesus lives, if only you know the full implication of this. Jacob is in the shadows of lies. You need not be there. Come out of the dark corner. Look up to God.
Because He lives I can face tomorrow
Because He lives ... all fear is gone
Because I know He holds the future; And life is worth the living, just