Genesis 44:24–29 (ESV)
Joseph Tests His Brothers (Part 5)
24 “When we went back to your servant my father, we told him the words of my lord. 25 And when our father said, ‘Go again, buy us a little food,’ 26 we
said, ‘We cannot go down. If our youngest brother goes with us, then we will go down. For we cannot see the man’s face unless our youngest brother is with us.’ 27 Then your servant my father said to us, ‘You
know that my wife bore me two sons. 28 One left me, and I said, “Surely he has been torn to pieces,” and I have never seen him since. 29 If you take this one also from me, and harm
happens to him, you will bring down my gray hairs in evil to Sheol.’
You can see how the loss of a child impacts a family. The brothers are living
in guilt and the father is hurting from the loss of his son (Joseph). The death of a child leaves a hole in a family. The loss often breaks families apart. Joseph’s brothers had their hand in Joseph’s death (actually we know he
is still alive), but they are still troubled by what they have done. They are in fact guilty, but often in families… family members feel guilty for many reasons. It could be due to many reasons. They could have had a hand in the loss.
The last conversation could have ended badly. The lost chance to tell them that they love them. They may wish they have spent more time with them. There may be a sense of wishing they had seen some signs of trouble and could have helped them.
The list could go on. A hole is left and it stays. The joy of being a Christian is God’s promise that we will see them again if they/and we… die in the faith.
I pray: O Lord, help me to raise my children in the faith and I pray that they stay in the faith. Help me to take advantage of the time I have with them and to love them. Amen.