God knew that Israel would be unable to feed his family when the famine arrived. He also knew that his chosen people would not be readily helped by the world, as the world hates all things from God–especially his chosen people. Amazingly, as an all knowing and all powerful God–He had a plan, a plan to put Israel’s son in charge of not only feeding his chosen people, but feeding the World.
The brothers had no way of knowing the elaborate nature of God’s plan. When they faced this Egyptian prince, they were scared and at his mercy–except that his mercy was the mercy of a brother and a God who loved them despite their wicked hearts.
That same God, works an equally elaborate plan in our lives. We face each day looking at a world turned upside down. The values that once made us a great nation are now considered antiquated and ridiculous. Men’s hearts are self-centered and their motives totally lack the civility of the great generations that were united by a desire to be better together than on their own.
Even though the things look hopeless, like Joseph’s brothers we stand before a God who loves us and will provide for and protect us–if we will simply allow him to do so. He promises in Matthew 6:33, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; then all these things will be added to You!” Join me today, Let’s seek Him first–together!
God Bless You
When Jacob learned that there was grain in Egypt, he said to his sons, “Why do you just keep looking at each other?” 2 He continued, “I have heard that there is grain in Egypt. Go down there and buy some for us, so that we may live and not die.”
3 Then ten of Joseph’s brothers went down to buy grain from Egypt. 4 But Jacob did not send Benjamin, Joseph’s brother, with the others, because he was afraid that harm might come to him. 5 So Israel’s sons were among those who went to buy grain, for there was famine in the land of Canaan also.
6 Now Joseph was the governor of the land, the person who sold grain to all its people. So when Joseph’s brothers arrived, they bowed down to him with their faces to the ground. 7 As soon as Joseph saw his brothers, he recognized them, but he pretended to be a stranger and spoke harshly to them. “Where do you come from?” he asked.
“From the land of Canaan,” they replied, “to buy food.”
8 Although Joseph recognized his brothers, they did not recognize him.