Genesis 46 This Wasn’t the Plan?

Chapter of the Day: Read Genesis 46.

Memorize Genesis 46:4  “I will go down to Egypt with you, and I will surely bring you back again. And Joseph’s own hand will close your eyes.”

God spoke to Jacob through a vision calling him by name. He reminded Jacob to not be afraid, assured him that Joseph did in fact live and that He would surely bring him back to the promised land.

So in faith and equipped with this powerful word from God Jacob takes all his offspring and everything they own to the land of Goshen. Once they arrived Joseph met Jacob and prepped them for the provisions they would receive while in the land of Pharoah.

Jacob and all of his offspring including Joseph were numbered seventy in all, but God had not forsaken His promise to Israel that He would surely make them into a great nation. Even with this unexpected turn in the plan, God was faithful to His promise to this family providing for them every step of the way.

The thing that trips us up, much like it probably did with Jacob, is that God works in mysterious ways. Going to Egypt was bizarre & backward. Didn’t God warn Abraham not to go there? Was this a trap? Was this disobedience? Questions like this can cause our thoughts to spiral and keep us from being obedient.

God cannot be boxed in. He may decide to use the very thing that He called another person away from as a part of your plan. That is why it is vital and important to stay close to Him. His plans for us are as unique as our fingerprints. Ask Him to confirm your decisions and then listen to His answer. Dive into His word, be still to hear His still small voice, and remember nothing can stop His promises for your life. When we feel like we are making backward progress towards what we expected a life with God to look like we can trust that God is still in control, and the plan may change but He does not.

Prayer: God thank you that you created me for a unique purpose in your kingdom. Thank you that you never change and your promises are good and true for me. Thank you that I know I’m provided for here on earth, but that this is not my forever home. You have made a promise that you are preparing a place for me. And when you make a promise I can trust you. Lord help me when I am discouraged and my expectations cause me to doubt or fear. Lord remind me of your unchanging love and dedication to me. Help me to live my life faithfully, following where you lead so that your purposes can be accomplished through me. In Jesus’ name amen.


How does God’s vision to Jacob reassure him when he was probably feeling fearful about going to Egypt?

How does this passage foreshadow our time on earth and God’s promise to us?

When is a time God has asked you to do something counterintuitive to the direction you thought your life was headed?

Memorize 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and self-discipline.”

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