"Have no concern for your goods, for the best of all the land of Egypt is yours." - Genesis 45:20
When Joseph invites his father and brothers to come live in the land of Egypt during the final five years of the worldwide famine, he encourages them not to worry about their present possessions in Canaan. They will have more than enough when they come to Egypt. All their needs and wants will be provided for by Joseph, because he is the ruler of Egypt under Pharaoh.
The world seems to be entering a period of economic decline. The stock markets are falling, Kiwisaver accounts are diminishing, and the price of groceries is skyrocketing. But Jesus promises to take care of his people. Joseph is a type of Christ. Just as Joseph provided for his family during the years of famine, so will Jesus provide for his family, the believers, during the our coming years of famine. I choose not to get caught up in news of economic recession or depression. I believe God will richly provide for our family, and the families in our church community. We don't need to worry. Jesus will provide.
Father, thank you that your Son, Jesus, is looking out for our interests. Provide for your people in the coming years, when we will likely see economic decline. Take care of your people. Make us rich spiritually, Lord. May we put our full trust and confidence in you. You are the God who produces bread from heaven and streams in the desert. Please do it again in our day. In Jesus' name, amen.
- Jeff Coleman