Gen 42:5 And the sons of Israel came to buy corn among those that came: for the famine was in the land of Canaan.
I observe a mystery here. Why does God use Egypt to protect His own in a global famine? Why does God permit famine in the land of Canaan. The only answer I dare suggest is that “It pleased God to do so” … it was the plan of God. There are many bruising things that happen but for God it brings pleasure.
Isa 53:10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
The pain, hunger and thirst of famine may have destroyed many, but it caused the family of Joseph to come to him and the greatest joys. Many families of thieves were thrown into grief when their sons were crucified, but the crucifixion of Christ ushered the beginning of a return to glory for the family of God and this pleased God.
God has need of famines not just to bring his own to Him, but for opportunities to demonstrate His mighty provisions to them that trust Him. God has need of famines to separate those on the narrow path of trusting Him from those who really serve their belly. Remember Job… A famine came into his life as a test. But what did Job say?
Job 13:15 Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.
Consider this devotional. Have you gone through famine situations in your life? Did you pass the examination of God? Were your ways maintained or did they change? Did you curse God or were you steadfast knowing this will also pass?
Set thou thy trust upon the Lord, and be thou doing good;
And so thou in the land shalt dwell, and verily have food.
Delight thyself in God; he’ll give thine heart’s desire to thee.
Thy way to God commit, him trust, it bring to pass shall he.
And, like unto the light, he shall thy righteousness display;
And he thy judgment shall bring forth, like noon-tide of the day.
Rest in the Lord, and patiently wait for him: do not fret
For him who, prospering in his way, success in sin doth get.
Let anger cease within thy heart, and wrath forsake thou too:
Fret not thyself in any wise, that evil thou should’st do.
For those that evil-doers are shall be cut off and fall:
But those that wait upon the Lord, the earth inherit shall..
Prayer: O Lord, send your comforter – The Holy Spirit … to comfort many Christians in pain and anguish. Amen
The Songs of Joseph is an integration of encouragement scriptural devotions, prayers and a compendium of songs of mercy, salvation, new beginnings and victory. We can expect as we trust and obey that our end will indeed be ultimately glorious because God works His marvellous agenda. Be blessed as you read and sing along, daily. Edited by Bolade Apampa