When Jacob’s sons returned from Egypt with grain, they also bore bad news. Jacob’s son Simeon was still in Egypt, being held captive until their youngest brother, Benjamin, returned with them to Egypt. Jacob became so upset that he staunchly refused to allow Benjamin to go. What he didn’t know was that his favorite son, Joseph, was still alive and wanted to meet his younger brother. In Jacob’s extreme anguish, he cried out, “Everything is against me!” (Gen. 42:36). How easily we get discouraged when we don’t have all the facts! Like Jacob, we despair and assume that everything is against us. The reality is far from this! God is still on His throne, and He is actively working all things together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose (Rom. 8:29). Though we may become fearful, there is nothing that can shake the Lord. He knows the end from the beginning. He knows our weaknesses, and encourages us to rest upon His grace. And He knows that the things that so many times may seem to destroy us are actually making us more like Christ. Think about: Christ was destroyed on a cross so that He might reign forever and we might have all that God has planned for us! Don’t worry about the stuff of life! He’s got this, no matter how difficult it may seem.