Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | May 12, 2022

“For you have made the LORD, my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place. No evil will befall you”

Today’s devotion comes from Genesis 44:18-34.  Here is a link to this Scripture –

I quote only the following verses.

“Now, therefore, when I (Judah, the brother of Benjamin and Joseph) come to your servant my father (Jacob), and the lad (Benjamin) is not with us, since his life is bound up in the lad’s life, when he sees that the lad is not with us, he will die.  Thus your servants will bring the gray hair of your servant our father down to Sheol in sorrow.  For your servant became surety for the lad to my father, saying, ‘If I do not bring him back to you, then let me bear the blame before my father forever.’  Now, therefore, please let your servant remain instead of the lad a slave to my lord, and let the lad go up with his brothers.  For how shall I go up to my father if the lad is not with me—for fear that I see the evil that would overtake my father?”  Genesis 44:30-34. 


Judah did not know he was speaking to his brother Joseph.  Judah thought he was speaking to the ruler of Egypt who blamed Benjamin for stealing his silver cup and to whom all of Judah’s brothers had previously exclaimed when accused:  “With whomever of your servants it is found, let him die, and we also will be my lord’s slaves.”  Genesis 44:9.  Certainly, Judah thought he had good reason to fear that evil would overtake his father.

We too may be confronted with fear that we think will overtake us.

But, God is our refuge.  No evil will befall us. 

“9 For you have made the LORD, my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place.
10 No evil will befall you,
Nor will any plague come near your tent.” Psalm 91:9-10.

“No harm befalls the righteous,
But the wicked are filled with trouble.” Proverbs 12:21.

“But now, thus says the LORD, your Creator, O Jacob,
And He who formed you, O Israel,
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name; you are Mine!
2 “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they will not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched,
Nor will the flame burn you.
3 “For I am the LORD your God,
The Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
I have given Egypt as your ransom,
Cush and Seba in your place.
4 “Since you are precious in My sight,
Since you are honored and I love you,
I will give other men in your place and other peoples in exchange for your life.
5 “Do not fear, for I am with you;
I will bring your offspring from the east,
And gather you from the west.
6 “I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’
And to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’
Bring My sons from afar
And My daughters from the ends of the earth,
7 Everyone who is called by My name,
And whom I have created for My glory,
Whom I have formed, even whom I have made.” Isaiah 43:1-7.


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