As they sat down to eat their meal, they looked up and saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead. …and they were on their way to take them down to Egypt. Judah said to his brothers, “What will we gain if we kill our brother and cover up his blood? Come, let’s sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay our hands on him; after all, he is our brother, our own flesh and blood.” His brothers agreed. So when the Midianite merchants came by, his brothers pulled Joseph up out of the cistern and sold him for twenty shekels of silver to the Ishmaelites, who took him to Egypt. Genesis 37:25‭-‬28 NIV

Indeed, God’s thoughts are not our thoughts nor His ways our ways. When God is at work, no one can hinder Him. He is really up to His task and no one can beat Him to His game.

God knows how to protect, deliver and preserve the life of His chosen vessel whom He has appointed for His determinate counsel.

The relocation of Joseph to Egypt was predetermined by God’s providence. However, he needed a vehicle to convey him there since he never knew the land before and he has no other means by himself to get there. This divine vehicle was what his brothers and the merchants from Ishmael were here to provide.

Later, Joseph himself will understand that it was God who sent Him to Egypt ahead of his brothers and his father’s house to preserve a posterity for them on earth, and to save lives by a great deliverance (Gen. 45:7-9; Psalm 105:16-22).

Likewise, God is at work in your life to accomplish His purposes on the earth. Don’t be discouraged by the way the Lord is leading you to take no matter how rough and difficult it might be. Keep your eyes focused on Jesus and trust Him to guide and lead you to the centre of His will for your life.

You may not understand everything you are passing through now but if you remain steadfast, resilient and patient with Him, you will understand it better by and by. You will later come to know by experience that God is good and His will is the best for your life. May the Lord God arm you with strength and steadfast hope to navigate through to your Promised Land safely in Jesus name. Good morning, enjoy a pleasant and restful weekend.

Your brother,

Olufemi Babalola