God’s Provision

Ask several class members to read each of the following verses and to comment upon them with respect to the way that God provides for His children. “Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?” (Luke 12:24). “Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them” (Gen. 3:21). “Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things” (Gen. 9:3). “The young lions . . . suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing” (Ps. 34:10). “For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly” (Ps. 84:11).

Provision in Famine

Read Genesis 41:53-42:7

“And all countries came into Egypt to Joseph for to buy corn; because that the famine was so sore in all lands“ (v. 57).

The greatest leader in the greatest country did not have the power to foresee or wisdom to respond to the challenges his dreams foretold. One greater than Pharaoh had foreseen the coming events and had the man of His choice in place.

Joseph had already endured an emotional famine. In prison, he had demonstrated the ability to interpret dreams accurately and give counsel based on the interpretation. He also possessed leadership and managerial skills developed in spite of his circumstances. Now God was going to use Joseph to guide Egypt and Joseph’s own family through the severe famine.

The dreams of Joseph’s youth were coming true! Others had mocked his dreams, yet those dreams had brought him to the place and time where God intended to use him. What if Joseph had become discouraged and quit believing in the dreams God had given him? What if Joseph had looked at the circumstances of his life and decided God did not care and was not able to fulfill the dreams He had given?

What famine or difficult circumstance have you experienced? Allow God to use that experience to bless someone in need today! (LAD)

Thro’ days of toil when heart doth fail . . .
When dangers fierce your path assail . . .
No matter what may be the test, God will take care of you.
— Civilla D. Martin

“God not only knows where He is taking you, but He also knows how to get you there!” (Roy Lessin).

This devotional is the Monday, January 11, 2016 entry of Opening the Word.