The Days Are Evil

As we continue to study through the book of Genesis, today’s text is going to come from Genesis 47. Genesis 47:9 says, “And Jacob said to Pharaoh, ‘The days of the years of my pilgrimage are one hundred and thirty years; few and evils have been the days of the years of my life, and they have not attained to the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their pilgrimage.'”

Joseph has now brought his dad, brothers, and the rest of the family and possessions down to Egypt. Joseph is making all of the appropriate introductions to Pharaoh. Our verse today is a conversation between Jacob and Pharaoh. There are two things that stick out to me in Jacob’s words. The first thing is this, suffering is part of life. This is because we live in a sinful, fallen, broken world. No one is able to escape difficulty in life. The second thing that sticks out is a reminder that as a child of God, this world is not our home. In light of the first thing mentioned, this one is especially comforting. Things are not always going to be like this. That doesn’t take away the pain of the suffering we encounter in life, but it does give us hope. Therefore, we must learn to keep our eyes on Jesus. We must remember that He is with us at all times. Finally, we must remember that there is a better day coming. Until that day, let’s put one foot in front of the other, and keep praising God for His grace and praying for His wisdom and that His will is done.

By His grace and for His glory,

Pastor Justin

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