“For if we had not lingered, surely by now we would have returned this second time.”
We have no way of knowing how long Simeon remained incarcerated in Egypt, while his brothers attempted to convince Jacob to send them back. The assumption is, quite some time passed, since it would have been foolish to make the lengthy and dangerous journey to Egypt and not purchase enough food to last a long time. However long it may have been, time ran out when the food ran out. Jacob’s hand was forced, as they looked at the reality of facing another season without rain and without food. The words of Judah to his father are quite revealing, “If we had not lingered, surely by now we would have returned this second time.” Had the difficult decision been made earlier, the trip would have been a memory, and the family would already be reunited. Instead, all the work remained in front of them. I wonder if this statement could be made regarding our spiritual condition? It seems there are works in each of us, God has been desiring to do, but we have been fighting against them. We see the task as too big, and don’t think we will ever be able to accomplish it. Procrastination will never make a decision, or a task easier. Waiting will only make things more difficult. If you have been neglecting to put off sin, or put on righteousness, keep in mind, had you done it when God first asked, the work would be finished, and you would be already be tasting the sweet fruit of victory. Don’t wait another minute to get busy with that to which God has called you.