When Jacob learned that there was grain for sale in Egypt, he said to his sons, “Why do you look at one another?” And he said, “Behold, I have heard that there is grain for sale in Egypt. Go down and buy grain for us there, that we may live and not die.” So ten of Joseph’s brothers went down to buy grain in Egypt. But Jacob did not send Benjamin, Joseph’s brother, with his brothers, for he feared that harm might happen to him. Thus the sons of Israel came to buy among the others who came, for the famine was in the land of Canaan.
by: Dorothy Noel.
“Why are you staring at one another?” Jacob’s sons seemed at a loss. They were living in a famine. There was no food to be found in Canaan. But they were not doing anything about it. There was no action, no motivation to try saving their families from starvation. In a sense, they seemed resigned to their fate—until Jacob woke them up and told them to go get food. Why didn’t one of them think of that first? God’s provision for tomorrow may not come from the same place from which God’s provision for today came. Like Jacob, may we notice when God is sending us relief from a new source.