“… Everything is against me!”(Gen. 42:36) INDEED, “A voice is heard in Ramah, mourning and great weeping. Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because her children are no more.”(Jer. 31:15)
We must not imagine that Jacob no longer needed God’s discipline after Peniel. He did, and he got it. From time that Deborah, Rebekah’s nurse, died, he experienced all sorts of family troubles. His beloved Rachael was taken from him. Moreover, Simeon and Levi made the family name stink and ridiculous. Reuben, his eldest son, grievously wronged him. Then Joseph suddenly disappeared, and Jacob had every reason to think he was dead and anticipated that he would go down to the grave mourning for this dear son of his. However, only little Benjamin had been left to Jacob, but now the time came when Benjamin, his last treasure, had to go. Everything seemed to be against him. Factually, Jacob was just about to enter into his brightest period. Wait a minute, em..em, Jacob’s last days were miraculously not days of decline, but great days of fruitfulness compare quite favourably with those of Peter, Paul, and John. In some ways, Abraham and Isaac faded away, whereas Jacob became quietly, blessedly fruitful. What a great audacity of legacy for blessed fruitiness?
CONFESS AS FOLLOWS:
The LORD has restored my departed glory, the great virtues I had lost to the desert of failure and ignorance are fully restored today. My star shall settle and shine in line with the Word of God. The Word of God is forever settled in heaven. Therefore, I establish His Word upon this earth. (Ps. 119:89)