Goshen represents a spiritual habitation that is established for children of God, by obedience, faithfulness, and faith. It is not physical, it is spiritual. It is possible to be in Goshen physically, but not be there spiritually.
Before Jacob moved his family to Goshen in Egypt, he inquired of the Lord. Gen. 46 tells us that he offered sacrifices to God, and God spoke to him saying “Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make you a great nation there”. (vs. 3)
The Christian life is a life of prayer, and inquiry from the Lord. Most of us act, without inquiring of the Lord, yet we say we are Christians, his children. The scriptures tells us in Prov. 3: 6 to acknowledge the Lord in all our ways, and he will direct our paths. Goshen is about ‘obedience, faithfulness and faith.
God has the wisdom, guidance and the direction we need for our lives, and so we should ask of Him, like Jacob did, and He will lead us. We can only do this by drawing near to Christ. In Gen. 45: 4, Joseph aske his brothers to ‘draw near’ to him. We need to draw near to Him. James 4: 8 tells us if we draw near to God, He will draw near to us.
You must come nearer to Christ so that He can settle you in a realm of His peace and blessings. Jacob and his children got tired of famine and starvation, so they travelled to the land of Egypt to find food. Although the Egyptians were also starving, but God had already made a provision for His own children who were travelling from afar.
If you can leave your place of sin now and come to the Lord, He will settle you in Goshen – His own place of nourishment and protection. A place of forgiveness and reconciliation. A place of recovery of the lost, and bringing back to life. A place where you are given a pride of place. Are you willing to relocate?
Jacob and his children were once far away in suffering, but later came to Goshen, where they were given the best of the Land (Gen. 47: 6); they acquired property, and were very fruitful. The same portion awaits us. Remember Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. Heb. 13: 8.
I invite you to come today and draw near to God by the help of the finished work of Jesus on the cross. Accept Him as your Lord and personal savior and enjoy the best of the grace of God. Eph. 2: 13 says, “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.”
Continue to say by faith: “The glory is in me! I receive it! I’m walking in it!”
Get more God-inside minded, and start acting like a temple of the Lord of glory today!
Your Vicar and Friend,
Revd Canon Kiri Wakama