And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.” Then Pharaoh took his signet ring from his hand and put it on Joseph’s hand, and clothed him in garments of fine linen and put a gold chain about his neck. And he made him ride in his second chariot. And they called out before him, “Bow the knee!” Thus he set him over all the land of Egypt. Moreover, Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I am Pharaoh, and without your consent no one shall lift up hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.” And Pharaoh called Joseph’s name Zaphenath-paneah. And he gave him in marriage Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera priest of On. So Joseph went out over the land of Egypt.
Joseph was thirty years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh and went through all the land of Egypt. During the seven plentiful years the earth produced abundantly, and he gathered up all the food of these seven years, which occurred in the land of Egypt, and put the food in the cities. He put in every city the food from the fields around it. And Joseph stored up grain in great abundance, like the sand of the sea, until he ceased to measure it, for it could not be measured.
by: Dorothy Noel.
In Matthew 6:34, Jesus instructed us, “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will care for itself.” Yet here we see Joseph storing grain for 7 years! How is that obedience? Joseph was not called to action through fear of the future. He was not hoarding because he was unsure what tomorrow would bring. In fact, he knew exactly what was coming and obeyed God’s call to prepare for it. Proper preparation is an indicator of trust in God’s plan. Fear and worry about the unknown displays weakness in our faith. Which are you living in?