'Joseph opened up the storehouses and distributed grain...' Genesis 41:56 NLT
During Joseph’s time as second–in–charge of the land of Egypt, the people were starving. Crops hadn’t grown, so trading stopped and a once–wealthy nation was brought to its knees. Sound familiar? Much of the western world is in a time of crisis right now. Recession, unemployment and prices are rising and benefit payments are failing to keep up. Sadly, you don’t have to look far to find good people struggling to feed their families for reasons beyond their control.
As a young man Joseph was downright foolish at times, but he loved God and worked hard. His life was a rollercoaster of ups and downs. Through it all he remained faithful to God, learned his lessons and used his gifts. Ultimately God blessed him and the whole of Egypt as well as his own family through him. God gave him wisdom to see the problems coming and a plan to save the country.
God wants to use you too. Greed has brought the world to its knees and we need an antidote. God is calling young people like us to model a new way of living, a new way of working, a new way of doing business and a new way of taking care of the lost, the last and the least. If you’re coming out of a family or community hit hard by hopelessness, don’t lose sight of God. He hasn’t lost sight of you, and hasn’t abandoned His hope for you.
SoulFood: 2 Kings 1:1-4:17, Matt 20:1-16, Ps 106:24-48, Pro 7:3-5
word4U2day (an adaptation of The Word for Today authored by Bob & Debby Gass) is published under licence by UCB Australia. 2014 UCB International Ltd