Saturday, July 29, 2017

Genesis 41:53-57 -- On Faith and Famine

"And the seven years of plenteousness, that was in the land of Egypt, were ended.
And the seven years of dearth began to come, according as Joseph had said: and the dearth was in all lands; but in all the land of Egypt there was bread.
And when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread: and Pharaoh said unto all the Egyptians, Go unto Joseph; what he saith to you, do.
And the famine was over all the face of the earth: And Joseph opened all the storehouses, and sold unto the Egyptians; and the famine waxed sore in the land of Egypt.
And all countries came into Egypt to Joseph for to buy corn; because that the famine was so sore in all lands."
Genesis 41:53-57

Reading this chapter today it reminded me a lot of Noah, or Lehi, and in other ways like Moses, or the brother of Jared.  God consistently saves us from danger, and leads us to situations where we can grow and thrive and make a difference.  In this particular situation, God warned Pharaoh in a dream interpreted by Joseph, that there would be a great famine.  Thus, they had time to prepare.  ... Which I love, really.  Nephi and the Brother of Jared and Noah all had time to build boats.  God warns us ahead of time.  We can't always stop what is coming, but God helps us prepare for it.

Today, let's think about these things apply to our own lives.  How is God preparing us for the next challenge?  How is he leading us to places of growth and prosperity and encouraging us to help others?  Let's listen to his promptings, and do as he asks, so that we will be prepared for the famine or the flood, or anything else that comes along... able to stand fast because of our faith in God and his help.

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