Famine? It’s YOUR moment


from I am Yoga

from I am Yoga

 

Don’t worry about the famine. It’s your chance to shine.

Joseph was rotting in the jail. If it weren’t for the famine, he wouldn’t have gotten the chance to show his strengths before Pharaoh.

If you are passing through a time of famine in your life,

  • don’t quit your strengths
  • don’t despair and give up
  • don’t give in to hopelessness
  • don’t lose patience
  • don’t stop believing in God and in yourself

Joseph was wrongly sold into slavery (by his brothers!?!!). Then he was falsely accused and thrown in jail. But he kept a good attitude and worked hard. As a slave, he was put in charge of all Potiphar’s household. As a jailbird, he made administrator of the prison.

150px-Sandboarding_in_DubaiSo when God sprung him, he was named vice president of all of Egypt. He kept his relationship vibrant with God and was able to interpret Pharaoh’s dream. In his new post, Joseph prepared the nation for a coming 7-year famine that catapulted Egypt into world dominance and paved the way for the launching of the nation of Israel (with Egypt as its incubator).

What Joseph’s brothers intended for evil, God turned into good. Joseph instructed his brothers to not be overly angry at themselves for having sold him into slavery: God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance — Gen. 45:7 NIV.

23 responses to “Famine? It’s YOUR moment

  1. hey Pastor,

    I like that you wrote: He kept his relationship vibrant with God and was able to interpret Pharaoh’s dream.

    Often we credit everything to God’s sovereignty. Nevertheless when Joseph abandon his heart to God, he was able to hear.

    Thanks
    Ben

  2. Very timely post! Thanks so much for sharing. :0)

  3. yourothermotherhere

    We only see the dark tunnel. God sees the whole road map.

  4. This post comes at a great time. Our church is going through a tough time right now, a famine if you will, due to a new building that was pushed to be built by many in our congregation that have now left because of selfish reasons which is very unfortunate :-(. Those of us that are left now have a heavy burden to carry and there is a high likelihood our doors could close because we just can’t pay the debt that never should have happened in the first place. Its a true test of faith for us during this time…..any and all prayer is appreciated.
    Thank you for posting.

    • I will pray for you, Paul. Stay faithful to God. I remmeber when I was pastoring, my heart and soul were tied to the church. The church can have its ups and downs. I am speaking to myself. I need to have my heart set only on Jesus, not on circumstances, not on popularity, etc. Pray for me.

  5. I like this idea too (of which I believe) that God can work mighty miracles from our difficulties if we let him. I realize he still can and does work miracles despite our attitudes, but so much more can be accomplished for our good if we choose to accept it rather than “kick against the pricks” so to speak. Great post!

  6. Thank you! This is a famine time for us! Xoxo

  7. Feast or Famine is a phrase used here in America because as a nation that has seen a tremendous financial collapse we know this concept well. People that are financially feasting very rarely seek after Lord Jesus they say “what do I need him for” but those in famine are much more likely to link arms with others and seek the God of all creation, the only one who can help in time of need!
    Famine then is a very good thing for it does fulfill a God purpose #1 Brings us to deep gratitude for the blessing we do have and #2 Brings us to a place of reliance and alignment to our Creator seeking His will for our lives and His help to secure it.

  8. Famines remind God’s presence, to check ourselves for our ignorance and stupidity.

  9. This was such a good picture of showing that God doesn’t waste anything. That everything has a purpose, even our famine. Thank you!

  10. Concise and encouraging. Joseph is one of my favorites because of his total dependence upon God and his unwavering obedience. His rewards were amazing and yet such huge responsibilities that he had to just keep on trusting. And isn’t that how God works with us? Thanks for the post and thanks for visiting my blog.

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