Joseph sent wagons with his brothers so they could bring their families and their father back with them to Egypt. What if Jacob had not accepted Pharaoh’s generous offer to live in the land of Egypt during the famine? By leaving Canaan, it may have felt like he was abandoning the land that God had led his grandfather Abraham to settle in. But God reassured Jacob.
“And God spoke to Israel in visions of the night and said, ‘Jacob, Jacob.’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’ And He said, ‘I am God, the God of your father; do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make you a great nation there. I will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also surely bring you up again; and Joseph will close your eyes.'” ~ Genesis 46:2-4
Oh, I wish I could hear God’s voice like that! How wonderful it must have been to hear the voice of God and to know that he was making the right choice.
There have been sweet reunions in my life, and I am so looking forward to the sweetest of reunions when I reach heaven. In Genesis 45, when he finally revealed himself to his brothers, Joseph wailed so loudly that even Pharaoh knew he was weeping. Can you imagine the emotional reunion of Joseph with his father?
“And Joseph prepared his chariot and went up to Goshen to meet his father Israel; as soon as he appeared before him, he fell on his neck and wept on his neck a long time.” ~ Genesis 46:29
They had been separated from one another for years and years, each one thinking the other dead, and finally they were face to face again, embracing.
This seems like a good picture of how it is with us and God. We were separated from Him by our sin, deserving punishment and death. Because of our lack of fellowship with Him, we did not recognize that God even exists. But when Jesus died on the cross for us, He made a way to reunite us with our Heavenly Father. When we accepted the gift of salvation, our fellowship was restored. Oh, how happy our Father is when we come to Him! And oh, how happy my soul is to know He lives! And someday we will share an embrace in heaven. Oh happiness!