Now when Jacob (Israel) learned that there was grain in Egypt, he said to his sons, “Why are you staring at one another [in bewilderment and not taking action]?” He said, “I have heard that there is grain in Egypt; go down there and buy [some] grain for us, so that we may live and not die [of starvation].” Genesis 42:1-2 (AMP)
Today’s devotion opens up to when Jacob and his sons are having a tough time because of the severe drought. I can only imagine what it looked like, the scorching hot sun against the backdrop of a cloudless blue sky and the wind blowing the dust, exposing the dry cracked ground. I can imagine the bones of a once healthy cow, lying on the cracked hot ground as the vultures in the air , circle it making their descent in celebration of the feast their are about to enjoy. No doubt it was a tough time, and food and water was scarce.
Jacob was a father of twelve sons and a daughter, he had two wives, servants and flocks of cattle. There is no doubt that he was a hardworking father, in order to provide for his entire household. But it got harder during the drought. In comparison to his sons, Jacob was quick to identify sources from which he learnt about the grain in Egypt.
When things get tough, our brains should kick in creatively. It is then that we figure out how we are going to put food on the table.
But if we never have to figure things out, our brains shut down. It is then that we hear Jacob resorting to his sons, “Why are you staring at one another [in bewilderment and not taking action]?”… “I have heard that there is grain in Egypt; go down there and buy [some] grain for us, so that we may live and not die [of starvation].”
In tough times that free thinkers like Jacob be creative to find a way to survive and thrive. They will have make those dresses, cook that rice, bake and sell those cakes, network, create new resourceful items or even improve the current ones by adding to them. They’ll do something. Unlike oppressed and irresponsible people, who lack self drive and initiative, they have to be told always what to do.
Understand that God will make us industrious the moment He pulls our comfort out from under us. He will never allow you to be tempted beyond what you can handle. And even if you do make a mistake, God knew were going to make it before you made it. But He also knew that He put in you the ability to work your way out from that mistake. Sometimes we want God to fix something, but God wants us to use our brains to maximize ourselves. A good example is with God’s servant Moses.
The Lord will fight for you…” The Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the sons of Israel to move forward [toward the sea]. As for you, lift up your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, so that the sons of Israel may go through the middle of the sea on dry land. Exodus 14:14-16 (AMP)
Have discovered your resources yet? Do you know your potential, how are you maximizing it? What steps are you taking to grow in your gifts. Moses had the rod, which God used as vital instrument to deliver the children of Israelites from bondage, however, he did not understand it’s full power, he did not that it could split the sea!!! So he cried out to God for help, but God, responded…why do you cry to Me? Although He graciously instructed him on what to do. You see it is easy for the Lord to direct a person taking action, rather than one who is dormant like the sons of Jacob in this story.
The same scenario happens with Jacob and his sons, during a crisis, none of his sons bothered to find out how to get food. It was their father that networked with others to discover where food was sold. There is no doubt the Lord helped him because he was in motion take the initiative to create the change, he needed. Our entire environment is potent with resources yet to be tapped for our benefit, we just have to take initiative. Remember the Holy Spirit is waiting on you. He is the helper; He is the assistant. But He can’t assist a man who isn’t doing anything! God directs a moving car, He does not direct a parked car.
• The Holy Spirit is waiting on you. He is the helper; He is the assistant. But He can’t assist a man who isn’t doing anything! God directs a moving car, He does not direct a parked car.