Day 28

Day 28 Reading – Genesis Chapters 46-47

 

When the money of the people of Egypt and Canaan was gone, all Egypt came to Joseph and said, “Give us food. Why should we die before your eyes? Our money is all gone.”Genesis 47:15

I often get tired of hearing how bad the “haves” are in comparison to the “have nots”. This chapter is an interesting story of the “have nots” willingly giving everything away in order to have food and then get this they say “thank you!”

We often forget that the accumulation of wealth is frequently the means for helping the poor. I am all for helping the poor and the needy. I get the “cup of cold water” in the name of Christ. I am just tired of hearing how “bad” the wealthy are. Lest you think you are not included: Remember that YOU are the wealthy in relationship to the world.

I have never thought of myself as being wealthy. If you want to change your perspective try travelling outside the US or just read up on Haiti, Mexico, or Guatemala.  Our vacation destinations are the gutters of the World. But things can change.

And we try to make a difference by supporting the work of those on the frontline.  UMCOR is at work around the globe. Missionaries like my friend Tom Heaton are at work in Guatemala making a difference.  Missionaries that we support as a church (Larry Kies and Linda Stranksy) are working to make a difference in Africa and the United States.

But trying to develop a system to distribute everything fairly can be a real problem when dealing with the poor.  What is fair?  Who should be included? These are questions that have been around since before Christ and still are around today.

Perhaps that is why Christ reminded us that “You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have Me.” John 12:8 NIV

I am mindful that I have much, but I am still trying to figure out how to provide for others in manner that would honor Christ . . . How about you?

For a more detailed theological discussion on this try reading A Proper Perspective of Poverty and Prosperity by Bob Deffinbaugh.

 

 

Day 29 Reading – Genesis Chapters 48-50

Day 27

Day 27 Reading – Genesis Chapters 43-45

Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is my father still living?” But his brothers were not able to answer him, because they were terrified at his presence.  Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will be no plowing and reaping. But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.  Genesis 45:3-7 NIV

Our belief in the sovereign nature of God should allow us as believers to be forgiving rather than vindictive.

Many things happen in our life that bring us to today – some we do – some are done to us – but I want to believe that in all things God is in control.

Have you been harboring ill feelings because of something that happened in the past? Something that someone did you to you in the past?

Allow God to turn your thoughts from hurt to forgiveness …

It worked for Joseph … and maybe that’s the point of this story for us today.

 

Day 28 Reading – Genesis Chapters 46-47

Day 26

Day 26 reading – Genesis Chapters 41-42

 

Then Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God?  Genesis 40:8b

The New Year is already here and January is nearly over!

Rioting and War exist around the globe.

Winter Storms including Tornadoes. Earthquakes, Hurricanes and Floods.

The apocalypse is surely upon us!

Aren’t these all the signs?

You can’t help but watch the news and wonder.

And then the Bible speaks today and reminds us that interpretation belongs to God.

Man has long tried to figure things out for God – and gotten it wrong!

How about letting God be God.

HE is the Great I AM after all.

As the cold of winter settles in (it is coming!), as the bad news comes in, remember the words of the great hymn . . .

Trust and Obey for there’s no other way . . .

And then Remember, God loves you and He has a plan – He’s just not in the business of letting you know all that He has planned.

 

Day 27 reading – Genesis Chapters 43-45