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Genesis 43: Students

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Confronting the Unknown with Faith

Genesis 43:11 (New Living Translation) - "Their father, Jacob, finally said to them, 'If it can't be avoided, then at least do this. Fill your bags with the best products of this land. Take them down to the man as gifts—balm, honey, gum, aromatic resin, pistachio nuts, and almonds.'"

Have you ever faced a situation where you had no other option but to take a risk? Maybe it was trying out for a sports team, applying for a job, or speaking up in a group.

In Genesis 43, Jacob and his sons face a similar scenario. Due to a severe famine, they have no choice but to return to Egypt for food, risking their safety. Jacob, in his wisdom, tells his sons to take the best products of the land as gifts. This is a profound display of faith and strategy. He chooses to meet the uncertain situation with generosity and courage, showing us that sometimes the best way to face our fears is head-on, with an open heart and mind.

Our God is a God of provision and protection. Even when we feel we are at risk, God is working in ways we cannot always see. We can face the unknown with courage and faith, knowing that He is in control.

Pause & Pray:

1. Pray for God's guidance when facing uncertain situations and making difficult decisions.
2. Ask God for faith to trust in His provision and protection, even when you can't see the way forward.
3. Pray for a heart of generosity and kindness, even in times of scarcity or fear.

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