So when the money failed in the land of Egypt and in the land of Canaan, all the Egyptians came to Joseph and said, "Give us bread, for why should we die in your presence? For the
money has failed." Then Joseph said, "Give your livestock, and I will give you bread for your livestock, if the money is gone." So they brought their livestock to Joseph, and Joseph gave them bread in exchange for the horses, the flocks, the cattle of the
herds, and for the donkeys. Thus he fed them with bread in exchange for all their livestock that year.
When that year had ended, they came to him the next year and said to him, "We will not hide from my lord that our money is gone; my lord also has our herds of livestock.
There is nothing left in the sight of my lord but our bodies and our lands. Why should we die before your eyes, both we and our land? Buy us and our land for bread, and we and our land will be servants of Pharaoh; give us seed, that we may live and not die,
that the land may not be desolate.Then Joseph bought all the
land of Egypt for Pharaoh; for every man of the Egyptians sold his field, because the famine was severe upon them. So the land became Pharaoh's.
Tuesdays with Jacob
Leaders know the difference between responding to crisis and being prepared for it. When you do not anticipate trouble and take no steps for its eventuality, you
are left powerless when that trouble comes.
Pharaoh has the resources to deal with the record famine because of Joseph's insight and strategy for facing the coming famine. He is able to provide for his people
and strengthen his kingdom because someone had the wisdom to prepare for difficult times.
While we cannot always anticipate the specifics of tomorrow's challenges, we can be wise in using our resources today. Like Joseph, we can hold some of our resources
in reserve for future need. Carelessness now almost guarantees that we won't be able to meet tomorrow's hardships.
---Dr. Mike Clarensau serves as Senior Director of the Healthy Church Network