Recently, I heard a song that was a blessing to me entitled “Blessings”. The Lyrics go like this (I encourage you to hear the song here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQan9L3yXjc:
We pray for blessings
We pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
All the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love is way too much to give us lesser things
'Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You're near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise
We pray for wisdom
Your voice to hear
We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt your goodness, we doubt your love
As if every promise from Your Word is not enough
All the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that we'd have faith to believe
When friends betray us
When darkness seems to win
We know that pain reminds this heart
That this is not our home
What if my greatest disappointments
Or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can't satisfy
What if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are your mercies in disguise
No one likes going through trials, difficulties, and hard times, but God has intention and purpose behind everything He does. Nothing in the Christian life is ever wasted, and God can take everything we face and use it to mold us and shape us into His image.
In the midst of these genealogies, we find an amazing, sad truth about Ephraim. Men from Gath killed his sons when they came to steal his cattle. We aren’t giving many details, but this had to be devastating to Ephraim, Joseph’s son. The Bible tells us that he mourned many days. Gloria Vanderbilt said, “I have heard it said that the greatest loss a human being can experience is the loss of a child. This is true. It doesn’t just change you; it demolishes you. The rest of your life is spent on another level.”
Ephraim no doubt was broken, crushed, and left wondering why. His brethren came to comfort him, but what comfort could they offer to a man with such a loss? During this time of grief, Ephraim and his wife conceived and had a son named Beriah. The name Beriah means, “evil with his house”, and shows the state Ephraim was in at the time.
It might seem that nothing positive could come from this evil event, until you read a few verses down. The man whose name meant “evil with his house”, Beriah, had a son Rephah, and rephah had a son, and so on, and so on until a man named Non (Nun) was born. Nun had a son, Jehoshua or as we know him Joshua.
Had the tragedy of Ephraim never happened, Beriah would never have been born, and years later Joshua would have never been present to lead Israel into the promised land. God never waste anything, and here he brought forth a great leader from tragedy.
You may be facing a terrible tragedy in your life right now, and all of us have been through some interesting times lately with this virus, but God will not waste this. I believe that God allows everything to work together for good, and even if we cannot see what that good is, we should have faith God does. Take heart that God loves you, and always has your best at heart.
Daily Scripture Reading
1 Chronicles 7 - 8
1 Chronicles 8:33
“And Ner begat Kish, and Kish begat Saul, and Saul begat Jonathan, and Malchishua, and Abinadab, and Eshbaal.”