“You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none” (Deuteronomy 28:12).
It was that type of dream to instantly rouse you from sleep. “Pharaoh had a dream: He was standing by the Nile, when out of the river there came up seven cows, sleek and fat, and they grazed among the reeds. After them, seven other cows, ugly and gaunt, came up out of the Nile and stood beside those on the riverbank. And the cows that were ugly and gaunt ate up the seven sleek, fat cows. Then Pharaoh woke up” (Gen 41:1-4). Troubled, he asked around if any could help him piece this dream’s meaning.
Fortunately among Pharaohs officials was one cupbearer who had once while in prison been helped by a certain Joseph, with a gift for dream interpretation. Once Joseph was summoned and the dream shared, before Pharaoh, he quickly surmised, “The seven good cows are seven years..The seven lean, ugly cows that came up afterward are seven years..They are seven years of famine ( vv 26-7).
Joseph then recommended, “Egypt, “should collect all the food of these good years that are coming and store up the grain under the authority of Pharaoh, to be kept in the cities for food. This food should be held in reserve for the country, to be used during the seven years of famine that will come upon Egypt, so that the country may not be ruined by the famine” ( vv 35-7).
Not only did Pharaoh listen to a scrubby prisoner but appointed Joseph to supervise over grain stocking once Egypt experienced a bountiful harvest. When the famine finally struck, Egypt had plenty to go around, not just for her, but neighboring nations. She became a “lender to many nations and a borrower to none”!
Any of us could be blessed with a number of bountiful years. Some call those years a windfall. Yet other than borrow from Joseph principle of storing part of our harvest for the lean years, ahead, we consume all, blinded by the false belief that good times are forever. Unfortunately rare is that. At a certain point every good job comes to an end. Then comes the lean years and in no time we are grounded down to zero!
But here God gives us wisdom, always to save for the “lean years”, ahead, for lasting prosperity!
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, through your word comes wisdom teaching us to save for lean times, so as to enjoy lasting prosperity, and I pray not to neglect such , but with your help practice saving and investing, this I pray in Jesus’s name!
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“Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel” ( Zechariah 4:10).
The public life of King David is well known. However, there is an early aspect of his life quite hidden though we can get glimpse of it. The first time we get to know David he is a stay home kid while his big brothers are on to bigger stuff, like fighting with King Saul. “Jesse’s three oldest sons had followed Saul to the war: The firstborn was Eliab; the second, Abinadab; and the third, Shammah. David was the youngest. The three oldest followed Saul, but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father’s sheep at Bethlehem” ( I Samuel 27:13-14).
Left home alone perhaps it was a time for David to bond with the old man Jesse. Maybe he sometimes felt idle and ignored. But there was something maturing in his life for the life ahead. For in the meantime as he would later point to King Saul once an opportunity availed itself, God was ironing out his CV. When he offered to take on Goliath and Saul hesitated, he quickly shot back: “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine” (vv 35-37).
That’s the point. What had apparent been idle moments God was preparing David for the battles ahead? He would not only emerge out of the shadow as a great warrior but also a shepherd of his people ever relying on God.
Equally so, for all of us, there are moments that might appear idle and we feel frustrated as we see the days go by. Yet, in His gentle ways, God is preparing us for great days ahead.
Prayer today: Lord Father God, maker of heaven and earth, for those periods in life of apparent inactivity and maybe trials, help me appreciate them as the maturing me, for in due time and season all will bear fruit, this I pray in Jesus’ name!