The Famine Got Worse

The Famine Got Worse

17 January 2012

Reading: Genesis 42-43; Psalm 5; Luke 17


The famine got worse. (Genesis 43:1 MSG)

God had told Abraham three generations earlier that his descendants would be slaves in Egypt for 400 years before receiving the inheritance God promised. God had chosen Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob for a purpose that was long-range and far-reaching.

Jacob, Joseph, and Jacob’s other sons, not to mention everybody in the known civilized world at the time, were experiencing the outworking of a plan that originated in the mind and heart of God. Right now, on the ground, all that they could see is that the famine was getting worse.

Here’s a simple but profound lesson for me. I learn it at least once a year, every year, when I read through Genesis in my daily reading. Then I learn it through experiences in my life and the lives of others around me. The famine is going to get worse, or the fire is going to get hotter, or the challenge is going to get bigger, or whatever, until the purpose of God is fulfilled and his redemption is revealed.

I can moan and complain and blame every one but myself just as Jacob and his sons did, or I can focus on what God said he was going to do and keep moving forward in faith. Unfortunately, at my present level of maturity, I often tend toward the “moan and complain and look for someone to blame” mode.

God is going to do what he said he would do. There will be times when the famine gets worse before things get better, but if I hold steady in faith, I’ll live to see my part of the plan fulfilled. I think I’ll stay with it, try be a little more thankful for God’s goodness and blessings, and try to act a little more mature next time the famine gets worse. Any bets on how I’ll do? How about you?


Father, I believe your word to me and about me and about your plans and purposes that involve me. Thank you so much for choosing me, for giving me purpose for my life, and for providing for me and blessing me in so many ways! I’m sorry I’m such a whiner, complainer, and blamer. Please don’t give up on me, even when I moan and complain and blame circumstances and everyone in sight. Amen.

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