Daily Reading & Prayer

Feast or Famine?

January 17, 2021


Genesis 45:16-47:27


Genesis 47:23-24, “Joseph said to the people, … ‘I will provide you with seed so you can plant it in the fields. Then when you harvest it, one-fifth of your crop will belong to Pharaoh. You may keep the remaining four-fifths as seed for your fields and as food for you, your households, and your little ones.”There’s a reason for the saying, “When it rains, it pours.” In life, doesn’t it often like feast or famine? Some years produce great windfalls, and we delight in God’s blessings. Other years (Hmph… 2020, for example) life’s full of storms, unfortunate situations, and turmoil. And it’s in those years that good leadership is vital to help get us through.Joseph excelled, when all of Egypt suffered from a horrific famine. People, desperate for food, came to him for help. And, as we see in today’s reading, he showed great wisdom — that came from knowing God — and orchestrated a plan to keep them from dying of starvation.Like Joseph, God wants you to lead with wisdom. He wants you to press into Him for guidance. His Word promises that He gives wisdom to all who seek it without judgment. So, next time you shrug and think, “When it rains, it pours,” approach His throne of grace and seek the guidance that only He can provide. You’ll never be left to thirst or hunger when living out God’s amazing plan.



Dear Lord, Thank You for Your provision and promise. Amid life’s storms, I choose to seek the wisdom that only comes through knowing You. Amen.

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