31st day of Lent
The seven years of plenty that occurred in the land of Egypt came to an end, and the seven years of famine began to come, as Joseph had said. There was famine in all lands, but in all the land of Egypt there was bread.
Jack worked for a temp agency as an accountant. The job wasn’t scheduled to last long – only about two months. But the pay was phenomenal. Jack was making four times what he normally made in this job – in two months he would make about as much as he did in eight normal months.
So Jack did what any responsible guy in his position would do – he spent the money as quickly as it came in. At the end of two months, Jack had eaten well and had a few cool gadgets on hand. But he didn’t have any extra money. The job ended, as predicted, but another temp job didn’t come right away. In fact, it didn’t come for three more months, and Jack found himself deep in debt with no funds to pay for food or rent or anything else.
What action should Jack have taken? Well, the “Joseph principle” would have led Jack to save up the extra money he didn’t need to live on for a rainy day. It wouldn’t have been as much fun, but he would have had rent and food and other expenses covered when the temp job ended.
In today’s scripture, God led Joseph to lead Egypt to do a wise thing. In seven prosperous years, Egypt collected a sizable portion of its grain and saved it for the coming famine. The people had enough to eat for seven years, but they also stored enough to help them survive the seven desolate years that waited just ahead.
God could see the need, and he put it on Joseph’s heart to prepare for that need. And because of that, both Egypt and Israel were saved in the midst of a famine.
God can see your future, too, and He may put it on your heart to take certain actions to prepare for it. Trust His hand in your life, as well as what you truly feel He is leading you to do. Your Spirit-led preparation may just save your life one day.
Today, pray that the Lord will reveal to you what actions you need to take to prepare for your future. Ask Him to give you the desire and strength to carry out whatever plans He has in store for you.
Reflection copyright © 2017 Doug DeBolt.
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