Dead End (Genesis 35, 37)

All [Jacob’s] sons and daughters came to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted.  “No,” he said, “I will continue to mourn until I join my son [Joseph] in the grave.”  So his father wept for him. (Genesis 37:35)

There comes a point in time when you realize that the decision you made is really just a dead end.  It seemed like a good idea in the beginning, but over time the quality (or lack thereof) of the decision begins to come through.  Such was the case with Joseph being sold into slavery.

Perhaps his brothers hadn’t taken into consideration all of the ramifications of their betrayal.  Maybe they thought they would simply comfort  their grieving father for a period of time and then all would be well – after all, life was considered to be somewhat cheap in this time period anyway.  Whatever it was they thought, they were sorely mistaken.

Jacob was overcome with grief over the mysterious disappearance of his son, and he set his mind never to recover from the loss.  So what should his brothers have done when they realized that they were at a dead end?

Well there’s really only one option for us when we’re at a dead end: the logical thing to do is to turn around.

If the brothers had confessed their sins to their father they might have rescued Joseph somehow.  And if not, at the very least, they wouldn’t have had to live with the guilt of hiding the fact from their father that they were the authors of their brother’s supposed demise.  When you realize the decision that you’ve made is a bad one and you’re faced with a dead end street, do yourself a favor and do the logical thing: admit you’re wrong, and turn around.

Lord keep me from being so prideful that I can’t admit when I make mistakes.  Keep me from believing that it’s better to pretend that something is true rather than facing the consequences of what really is true.  Thank You that you forgive me when I mess up, and let the knowledge of Your gratuitous grace motivate me to humble myself before You.

About Seth

Seth is a pastor, author, and speaker who lives in Batesville, Indiana. He is married to Kari, and they have two daughters, Madelyn and Noelle.