Genesis 44:16 “What can we say to my lord?” Judah replied. “What can we say? How can we prove our innocence? God has uncovered your servants’ guilt. We are now my lord’s slaves—we ourselves and the one who was found to have the cup.”
Have you ever been in a conversation that just isn’t going your way? Or maybe you have tried to get away with something that you know you shouldn’t be getting away with? Sometimes we try to talk our way out of things, but it doesn’t always work. “Well…” we say, “I was going to…” And at some point we realize that all we have is empty words. There are no excuses, explanations, or angles that are going to get us out of this one. That’s when you simply say, “ya… I’ve got nothing.”
Essentially, that is what happened to Joseph’s brothers. He kept setting them up to look like crooks even though they weren’t. They tried to explain it but there simply was no explanation. There was no wrongdoing on their part in the situation, but they were convinced that God was punishing them for selling their brother into slavery. They kept on trying to find an excuse but eventually gave up trying to make sense of it all. They realized that they were broke; their figurative pockets were empty. “Ya… I’ve got nothing” was all they had left to say.
I wonder sometimes if we try too hard to keep ourselves looking good. We put on the smile and pretend everything is great. We hide our sin behind a facade of good behavior in hopes that no one will notice. At what point are we going to throw in the towel, wave the white flag, and hit our knees? When will we cry out to the Lord in humility and ask Him to change this cold, hard heart? Friends, we all need to come to the “I’ve got nothing” place in our lives. We need to recognize that we don’t have it all together and that there are no amount of excuses that will make things seem okay. We simply need to surrender and know that the God who is calling us out is the same God who loves us enough to redeem us.
*In what places of life are you trying to make it seem like everything is okay? Instead, try admitting “I’ve got nothing” and see what happens next.