I get panicked when we run out of ice cream, but imagine having no food in your house and knowing all the local grocery stores are sold out. That’s the kind of the situation we see the family of Israel dealing with in this week’s passage from the book of Genesis. It’s a life and death situation. If they don’t go to Egypt to buy food, they will surely die in the land in which God has promised them. If they go to Egypt, they might just die unless they comply with the terms of Egypt’s second in command. It seems like a risky situation, but the sons of Israel will soon find that the mercy of Almighty God is astonishing.
The mercy of Almighty God should be astonishing to us too. This Sunday, we’ll look at several reasons to be astonished and find hope in God’s mercy during ordinary times and in times of great distress.