A couple of years ago, a friend asked me to share God’s word at her graduation. Intimidated but also intrigued by the invitation, I chose to speak about Joseph. Yes the one who got sold off by his brothers for his ‘annoying‘ dream. “Do you intend to reign over us?” They challenged. What his brothers did not know is that dreams and interpretation of the dreams would eventually place Joseph at the helm of Egypt. I could go on and on but allow me to focus on a dream recorded in Genesis 41 that led to Joseph’s installation as Pharaoh’s deputy. Hint: it gives insight to why saving is important 🙂
28 “It is just as I said to Pharaoh: God has shown Pharaoh what he is about to do. 29 Seven years of great abundance are coming throughout the land of Egypt, 30 but seven years of famine will follow them. Then all the abundance in Egypt will be forgotten, and the famine will ravage the land. 31 The abundance in the land will not be remembered, because the famine that follows it will be so severe. 32 The reason the dream was given to Pharaoh in two forms is that the matter has been firmly decided by God, and God will do it soon.
33 “And now let Pharaoh look for a discerning and wise man and put him in charge of the land of Egypt. 34 Let Pharaoh appoint commissioners over the land to take a fifth of the harvest of Egypt during the seven years of abundance. 35 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. 36 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.”
37 The plan seemed good to Pharaoh and to all his officials.
* * *
56 When the famine had spread over the whole country, Joseph opened all the storehouses and sold grain to the Egyptians, for the famine was severe throughout Egypt. 57 And all the world came to Egypt to buy grain from Joseph, because the famine was severe everywhere.
🍎Verse 36 makes good food for thought especially the end of it …so that the country may not be ruined by famine…