“And may God Almighty give you mercy before the man, that he may release your other brother and Benjamin. If I am bereaved, I am bereaved!”
The brothers had returned from their strange encounter with the high-ranking official in Egypt. When they told their father about Simeon’s imprisonment and the need to take Benjamin to Egypt, Jacob’s answer was a resounding no. However, as the supply of grain they had brought back began to dwindle, Jacob asked about their returning to Egypt to restock. The sons reminded him that they could not return to Egypt without bringing Benjamin.
At the prospect of starvation, Jacob finally relented and allowed Benjamin to go to Egypt. His words on making this decision were interesting: “If I am bereaved, I am bereaved” (verse 14). Jacob knew he had to allow Benjamin to go in order to save his family. He had resolved to do the right thing and accept whatever consequences came as a result.
Queen Esther took a similar approach when she risked her life to save the Jewish people. She declared, “If I perish, I perish!” (Esther 4:16). Sometimes this approach is necessary in a Christian’s life. Making hard decisions that are the right thing to do sometimes requires faith to allow whatever happens to happen.
Revelation 12:11 shows that a similar approach will be required of God’s people during the end time—they will remain faithful even to the point of death.
Hebrews 11 records many examples of God’s servants who chose faith over comfort.
To learn more about making right decisions based on faith, read our article “What Is Faith?”
Tomorrow on the Daily Bible Verse Blog: “Who Has the Cup?”