In the long saga of Jacob and his twelve sons, Judah, the fourth of twelve brothers, found himself in a dilemma. The brothers had already gone to Egypt to buy food for their starving nation, and now found it necessary to return. However, Joseph, who had recognized his brothers and wanted to see his youngest brother (born from the same mother), told them they need not bother to come unless they brought Benjamin.
After Joseph disappeared, Benjamin became the pride and joy of his father. Jucab warned Judah that if something bad happened to Benjamin, would certainly die. At that point, Judah was in a lose, lose situation. If he didn’t take Benjamin to see Joseph, there would be no food. If he took Benjamin and something happened to him, there would be no father.
Years ago, I worked as a registrar for a retreat center. A new director changed the operation from a loosely structured ministry to a tightly run business. I found it difficult not to be able to negotiate a deal with clients, such as, “Yes, I can throw in the use of the sound system.” After months of agonizing over my new role, I resigned to give the new director the opportunity to hire and train a new registrar.
This decision seemed like a lose, lose situation for me and a win-win for the business. However, within a few months, I found another job with a faith-based organization, which I enjoyed as much as the retreat center—a win, win for me.
Lord, help us look to you for guidance when caught between situations that are uncomfortable. Amen