Why does God go to such great lengths to accomplish His plan? We have been reading about Joseph and his blessings. But when you examine the big picture it seems like a whole lot of trouble that could have been accomplished in an easier way.
The end result of all of Joseph’s trials was getting his family (actually the "House of Israel") to Egypt. While in Egypt the House of Israel grew to become a great nation. If Joseph hadn’t gone thru all his trials they would have remained where they were, probably starved or been decimated by the 7 year famine and never became a great nation.
It amazes me that all this was necessary just to accomplish this.
Same thing with the birth of Jesus. To have everyone go and register at their birthplace just so Joseph and Mary would go 70 miles and have the birth in the right city.
Wouldn’t it have been easier just to have "inspired" Jacob to move, over given him a vision? And how about a little inspiration to Joseph or Mary to head on down to Bethlehem…what’s wrong with that?
I really don’t know God’s reasons…obviously, but I do know that I’ve learned something by these and other similar examples. God will go to whatever lengths it requires to accomplish His purposes. If He will do that for others then how much does He love me and what will He do for me to accomplish His purposes for me?