Jacob (Israel) had 12 sons. His favored son, Joseph, was sold into slavery by his own brothers. They, in turn, faked his death to Jacob. Years ticked by. Jacob believed his son was dead. He refused to be comforted. He expected to mourn until he went to death.
Years later, Pharaoh’s right hand man asked to see his youngest son, Benjamin. The thought of losing another son crushed Jacob. “All this has come against me,” was his confident summary after this request.
YET, BEHIND IT ALL, GOD WAS DOING HIS FINEST WORK.
The tragedy had been caused by favoritism and jealousy, rooted in pride. Man had done this. But God was at work in man’s ugly mess.