“Let Pharaoh proceed to appoint overseers over the land, and take one-fifth of the produce of the land of Egypt during the seven plenteous years. Let them gather all the food of these good years that are coming, and lay up grain under the authority of Pharaoh for food in the cities, and let them keep it. That food shall be a reserve for the land against the seven years of famine that are to befall the land of Egypt, so that the land may not perish through the famine.” Genesis 41:34-36 … “And since the famine had spread over all the land, Joseph opened all the storehouses, and sold to the Egyptians, for the famine was severe in the land of Egypt. Moreover, all the world came to Joseph in Egypt to buy grain, because the famine became severe throughout the world.” Genesis 41:56-57 … “Thus the sons of Israel were among the other people who came to buy grain, for the famine had reached the land of Canaan. Genesis 42:5
God provides a “feast” during times of famine. Do I prepare for times of famine by saving, keeping back a part of the present feast? Or am I a glutton who abuses the abundance of the present? Am I willing to look to the future, prepare for what is unforeseen or am I blinded by the “success” in the present. Am I willing to share with others the “fortunes” of the present in times of future “famines”? Do I recognize the provision of God in times of “fortune”, do I recognize the provision of God during times of famine? Do I believe that it is possible to feast during the famine? Do I trust God today to help me prepare for tomorrow?