“Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest” - Proverbs 6:6-8 (NIV).
Joseph was a gifted man who the Lord guided to interpret a disturbing dream of Pharaoh. Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I had a dream, and no one can interpret it. But I have heard it said of you that when you hear a dream you can interpret it” (Genesis 41:15). Joseph’s humble answer, “I cannot do it,” Joseph replied to Pharaoh, “but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires” (vv 16).
Having heard the dream narrated, Joseph revealed, that. “Seven years of great abundance are coming throughout the land of Egypt, but seven years of famine will follow them. Then all the abundance in Egypt will be forgotten, and the famine will ravage the land” (29-30). But there was a way out. “Let Pharaoh appoint commissioners over the land to take a fifth of the harvest of Egypt during the seven years of abundance. They 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” (vv 34-35).
Indeed, just as in the dream, seven years of abundance ensued. “During the seven years of abundance the land produced plentifully. Joseph collected all the food produced in those seven years of abundance in Egypt and stored it in the cities… Joseph stored up huge quantities of grain, like the sand of the sea; it was so much that he stopped keeping records because it was beyond measure” (vv 47-49).
Finally, “The seven years of abundance in Egypt came to an end, and the seven years of famine began, just as Joseph had said. There was famine in all the other lands, but in the whole land of Egypt there was food. When all Egypt began to feel the famine, the people cried to Pharaoh for food. Then Pharaoh told all the Egyptians, “Go to Joseph and do what he tells you.. And all the world came to Egypt to buy grain from Joseph, because the famine was severe everywhere” (vv 54-57).
Recently someone asked what lessons to take from the Covid- 19 pandemic. Now, there were many of us who before were living and enjoying abundance. However, we did not heed Joseph’s wisdom, to save for lean days. Come Covid- 19 and suddenly were caught pants down. May we take this as a good lesson to know how to save during abundance for the lean days ahead.
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, I thank you for this wisdom to always be mindful to save for lean days ahead, that I do not end up as a slave of the one who lived low and has now all his granaries filled, while I lack nothing, this I pray in Jesus’s name.